The resources and info below are for foster youth aging out in the state of Arizona. If you are aging out of foster care in Arizona and planning to move to another state, you can find other state resources by clicking here.
- If you choose to participate in the Independent Living Program (ILP), you’re still in foster care (even if you’re over 18 years old).
- Once you turn 18, courtrooms and judges will no longer be involved with ILP.
- You work with an Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) Child Safety Specialist and have access to an Independent Living Specialist as you transition to your new life.
- With ILP, you may be eligible for the Independent Living Subsidy Program, a monthly payment that goes directly to you.
- If you are 18 and older, have left foster care, but wish to re-enter you must first enter through the Transitional Independent Living Program.
- If you’re currently in foster care — and age 16 or 17 — ask your DCS Child Safety Specialist to help you figure out if ILP is right for you. (Remember to ask your Child Safety Specialist to check if you’re eligible for other programs and financial incentives.)
- If you’re not currently in foster care — and age 18, 19, or 20 — call Arizona’s Children Association at (480) 247-1413 or email independentLivingProgram@arizonaschildren.org.