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Prevention and Protection Services Independent Living Program

The DCF 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 experienced foster care at age 14 or older. Specific eligibility requirements vary for individual services.

Services and supports include, but are 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. 
Youth who are eligible for the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program may participate in the ETV program for a total of five years, whether or not the years are consecutive. ETV eligibility ends when a youth turns 26.
Services through the Independent Living Program are offered through statewide Independent Living Coordinators. For more information, please view go to Section 7000 of the Prevention and Protection Services Policy & Procedure Manual (PPM).
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Contact Information
Amy Ervin
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: 785-368-8192