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Prevention and Protection Services Independent Living Program

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, those who have aged out of foster care at 18, are eligible to receive KanCare benefits until age 26. Previously, the cutoff age was 21. 


Independent Living Program provides services and supports to youth for a successful transition to self-sufficiency. To be eligible for services and supports, young people must have "aged out" of foster care because they attained the age of 18, or have graduated from High School or completed their GED while in foster care, or have a finalized adoption or guardianship after the age of 16.


These young people may be eligible for an array of services and supports, including but not limited to:

  • financial support for post secondary education and/or certified training programs, 
  • room and board assistance, 
  • transportation costs, 
  • book and materials related to education or training plan, 
  • leadership opportunities, and
  • medical services through the Medical Card Extension Program.

In addition, young people may also receive Independent Living Skills training as requested and identified by the youth. 
 
Young people involved in the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program on their 21st birthday may continue to receive services and supports through ETV as requested through their 23rd birthday if eligible. 
 
Services through the Independent Living Program are offered through DCF local offices or the State Independent Living Coordinator. For more in-depth information, go to Section 7000 of the Prevention and Protection Services Policy & Procedure Manual (PPM).
 
State Resources
 
Stacy Tidwell
Independent Living Program Manager
Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF)
Protection & Prevention Services (PPS)
555 S. Kansas Ave., 4th Floor
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-296-0329
Email: Stacy.Tidwell@ks.gov