Programs & Services
Children's Trust Fund
Advanced Studies Program
Guardian Scholars Program
Mentor Program
Independent Living Program
Rising Tide Communities
Peer Mentor Program
Orangewood Resource Center
CA Youth Connection
Families and Communities Together
CONNECT
Success Stories
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Independent Living Program
The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides workshops, special events and support services to foster youth between the ages of 16-21, to help prepare them for emancipation. Annually, over 600 young people attend ILP workshops and educational events. These young adults go on to live on their own more confidently and better prepared for the challenges that adulthood brings. Giving these youngsters a helping hand today breaks the cycle of abuse tomorrow by providing hope for a better future.

ILP focuses on four key areas:
  1. Education
  2. Career
  3. Relationships
  4. Daily Living
ILP participants can:
  • Receive life skills instruction on the four key areas above with the help of volunteer experts from the community and former foster youth called Peer Mentors
  • Attend a variety of workshops held several times each month at locations throughout Orange County
  • Attend special events such as “Independent City,” college tours, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and end-of-the-school-year celebrations for students and graduates
  • Receive the monthly “ILP Connection” e-newsletter containing information to help foster youth prepare for emancipation and the schedule of ILP workshops and special events
  • Earn “OCF Dollars” for attendance, participation and completion of ILP homework assignments. OCF dollars can be used to purchase items such clothing, food, furniture and other household items
» Click Here for online ILP Workshop Registration

» Click Here for the ILP Schedule of workshops & special events.

» Click Here to be added to the e-newsletter mailing list.

To learn more about the program, please call 714-619-0222.
Independent City
One of the key ILP events each year is “Independent City.” As a mock city, the event serves as a dress rehearsal for foster teens presenting them with decisions and situations they will face once they emancipate (or "age-out") of the foster care system at age 18. Local businesses provide volunteers to lend a hand with activities, such as opening a checking account, finding an apartment, arranging for day care for make believe children (in the form of hard boiled eggs!), and shopping for groceries within a budget. It is great fun for the young people and a touching experience for the volunteers.

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