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Services for Older Youth (Virginia Department of Social Services, VDSS)


Youth services (also known as the Independent Living Program) assists foster care youths ages 14-21 in developing the skills necessary to make the transition from foster care to independent living. Independent Living services include activities that are based on a written assessment of life skills. Areas of focus include personal development skills such as self-esteem, communication skills, decision-making, conflict resolution and anger management. Examples of independent living skills are career exploration, job skills, money, management, housing, transportation, and legal issues.

  • Educational Opportunities
    • Community College Tuition Grant
    • Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)
    • Great Expectations
  • Video Modules-
    • Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one?
    • Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning?
    • Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan?
    • Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself?
    • Module 5: What happens after my transition plan is completed?


After High School Collaboration Employment High School Parent/Family Postsecondary Education Professional Resources Self-Determination State/National Organizations Transition