What is ILS?

Youth for Christ enables youth to become leaders of change in their community by engaging them in relationship, equipping with skills, and empowering through leadership. Motivated by faith, available for all youth and committed to social involvement, Youth for Christ believes every kid can give life to their story.

YFC Independent Living Services helps guide and support youth, ages 15-21, in their transition to independence after exiting the foster care system. Our vision is to equip foster youth with life skills to successfully transition from the child welfare system into independence. Utilizing nationally, evidence based curriculum and practices, ILS case managers work with youth to reduce barriers and build skills to increase housing stability, find employment, finish or further education and restore healthy relationships with their biological family and other natural supports. Currently, YFC's Independent Living ministry ranks near the top of WA state ILS providers.

It is estimated that 50% of the entire homeless population in the United States was at one time in the foster care system. Every year about 20,000 adolescents leave the nation's foster care system because they have reached 18 years of age. Most of these youth come from backgrounds of abuse, neglect, or other family dysfunction and many do not have a high school diploma. Left to their own resources, 50% of foster children become homeless. They are frequently the victims of crime, sex trafficking and physical assault.

To address these concerns, Congress enacted the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Currently, this legislation provides funding to individual providers in the State of Washington. YFC works with over 20 partners in Kitsap County and we are always looking for more people to help these foster youth succeed after leaving the foster care system. 

For more information, please email ils@westsoundyfc.org or call 360-779-9929.