Therapeutic support + real world skills.
Our program empowers young people by helping them help themselves.
Independent living is an opportunity provided to youth who are aging out of the foster care system. It offers the following services:
- 24-hour crisis support
- Educational assistance
- Employment assistance
- Independent Living and parenting skill education
- Treatment planning
- Financial support
- Help with finding mental health facilities for therapy and medication management.
The Necco Independent Living program includes many financial perks such as a furnished, rent-free apartment, and full coverage for utilities and internet service. Our staff are dedicated and work hard to make sure that our clients receive the most supportive case management. They meet with each client once a week to check that they are stable in the Independent Living apartment and that they are making progress toward successful independence. Services offer the support and opportunity that is necessary for these individuals to become contributing members of society.
Deciding to enter independent living provides you with the support that will assist you in growing not only as an adult but as an individual. It provides you with the opportunity to be a part of a community and to be able to establish relationships with other young adults. Necco Independent Living case managers often hear from clients that they do not want to be a statistic; they want to break the cycles that they are used to (substance abuse, domestic violence, lack of parenting skills, poor decision making, and being involved with DCBS, etc.) Support is everything. Here are Necco, you have case managers that will advocate for you, support you, and assist you with goals that once felt unreachable.
What makes Necco different?
We are known for having the most extensive IL program in the state of Kentucky. We strive to ensure that clients receive the necessary education and support to provide them with the opportunities to grow as adults, make smart and responsible decisions, and break the negative familial cycles so they can become successful contributing members of society.
How long does the process typically take?
- The intake process can begin the day you turn 18. Intake typically takes about 3-4 hours and consists of paperwork, an initial assessment, a physical, moving into the apartment, and grocery shopping.
- You receive a $70 check on the 1st of each month for incidentals. You receive two Kroger cards each month for groceries (1st and 16th). The amounts vary depending on your age and self-sufficiency. 18 ($130, $100), 19 ($105, $75), 20 ($85, $50)
What are the requirements?
- You must be between 18-21, and a part of the foster care/residential system. You also must be enrolled in a GED program, college or working full time and have an IQ of at least 70.
If I get pregnant will I be dismissed from the program?
- No, we will assist with getting involved in Hands and parenting classes to obtain the parenting skills necessary to take care of a child.
If I do not go to college can I still stay in IL?
- Yes. You have the option to work full time, go to school full time, or do both part-time. College is not for everyone and success can be defined in many ways. Necco fully understands and appreciates that individuals CAN be successful without a college degree.
If I have a child, does that child have to be committed to the state as well?
- No. While there are many financial benefits associated with having a child that remains committed, it is not a requirement. If you chose not to have your child stay committed, you do not receive any financial assistance from Necco Independent Living. At times, DCBS will make that decision for you depending on concerns, stability, and current situation which is a conversation to have with your DCBS worker.