Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Independent Living Program

In today's world, becoming an adult and independent can be a scary process. There are so many resources a person might need that it can be easy to feel confused or overwhelmed. It can even be difficult trying to figure out where to get started.

If you are age 16 to 21 and have been or are currently in foster care in South Dakota, the Independent Living Program can help you make plans for your future. The program provides services to assist youth and young adults with the transition from foster care into an independent living. Finding or accessing the right resources can be overwhelming.  Assistance and support for youth trying to address their needs and meet their new responsibilities is available through the Department of Social Services Community Resource People Program.  The Community Resource People provide services and training for youth in the areas of employment, education, housing, connections, life skills and health. For more information on the Independent Living Program or any of its services, contact your nearest Community Resource Person.

The Independent Living Program provides the following services for teens and young adults who are in or have been in foster care:  

Remember if you need any help or feel lost in the process your local Community Resource Person can help you.  For more information on the Independent Living Program or any of its services, contact your nearest Community Resource Person.