What is ILS?

YFC Independent Living Services assists youth, ages 15-21, with their transition to independence after emancipation from the foster care system. This includes finding safe and stable housing, educational opportunities and employment. Through our relationships, we are provided opportunities to share God’s love with youth in the foster care system. Currently, YFC's Independent Living ministry ranks near the top of WA state ILS providers.

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. Many do not even have their high school diploma. Left to their own resources, 40% of foster children become homeless. They are frequently the victims of crime and physical assaults.

To address these concerns, Congress enacted the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Currently, this legislation provides funding to 2 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 il@westsoundyfc.org or call 360-377-1899