Transitional Living Program
Washington State's Transitional Living services are for youth ages 18-21 who turned 18 while they were still in state or tribal foster care and are trying to make it on their own.
The TL program provides services to young adults to help them succeed; these services can include:
- Educational services including everything from learning to read to getting ready for and getting into a college or training program.
- Finding what kinds of jobs are out there, applying for jobs, and doing well in interviews.
- One-on-one counseling and help getting the skills needed to live on your own such as:
- How to manage your money.
- How to take care of your place.
- How to make smart spending decisions and what to do if you get into money trouble.
- What to do if you have a child and how to be a good parent.
- Where to go if you need to see a doctor or dentist.
- Where to go in your community to socialize and find support.
- How to find and keep safe housing.
You can get Transitional Living Services through classes and workshops and through local agencies who can work with you one-on-one.
Eligibility Criteria for Transitional Living Skills
- Youth has aged out of foster care or Tribal out of home care, is age 18 or older but has not yet reached age 21;
Youth who were not eligible for ILS services at time of transition may still be eligible for TLS if they meet the following criteria:
- Youth has or had an open DCFS case at time of transition from care; and
- Youth had been in out-of-home care for the previous six months prior to transition from care; OR
- Youth was dependent and returned home within a year of reaching the age of majority (18).
- Youth is no longer in foster care at the time of any payment for housing costs;
- Youth meets one or more of the following employment or educational requirements:
- Has a source of income; or
- Has documented proof of actively seeking employment; or
- Is involved in an educational program.