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 at 18. It provides the following services:
- 24-hour crisis support
- Educational assistance
- Employment assistance
- Independent Living and parenting skill education
- Treatment planning
- Financial support
- Assistance with finding mental health facilities for therapy and/or medication management.
Upon intake, there are many financial perks including having a furnished apartment, ALL rent, utilities, and internet paid for. The Necco Independent Living program staff are dedicated and work hard to assure that our clients receive the most supportive case management. They meet with youth once a week to assure that clients are stable in the Independent Living apartment and that they are making progress towards successful emancipation. Services are provided to offer the support/opportunity that is necessary for these individuals to become contributing members of society.
Making the decision to come to independent living provides you with 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 and growing adults. A common thing that Necco Independent LivingL case managers hear amongst youth in this program is that they do not want to be a statistic and want to break the cycles that they are unfortunately used to (substance abuse, domestic violence, lack of parenting skills, poor decision making, and being involved with DCBS, etc.) Support is everything. Here at 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 biggest IL program in the state of Kentucky! We strive to assure that clients receive necessary education and support to provide them with the opportunity to grow as adults, make smart and responsible decisions, and break the negative familial cycle that is at times present so that they become successful contributing members of society.
How long does the process typically take?
- Once you turn 18 an intake can take place on that day if it is a business day or a later date depending on availability of apartments. Intake typically takes about 3-4 hrs. This 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 2 Kroger cards each month for groceries (1st and 16th). The amounts vary depending on the age and becoming more self-sufficient with each year participating in the program. 18 ($130, $100), 19 ($105, $75), 20 ($85, $50)
What are the requirements?
- You must be 18-21, and a part of the foster care/residential system. You also must be enrolled in a GED program or 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. This is something that 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. This is an option. However, there are many financial benefits that are associated with having a child that remains committed. If you chose to not have your child remain 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. This is a conversation to have with your DCBS worker.