Independent Living


Giving Our Youth Wings to Fly with Robert Danzig. Mr. Danzig, retired CEO of the Hearst Corporation, talks with youth in care about succeeding in life. Mr. Danzig should know as he grew up in foster care and learned valuable lessons that helped him in his business and personal life. (55 min.)


Washington State's Foster Care Independent Living, Transitional Living, and Educational and Training Voucher Programs         

DSHS Programs Overview - This handbook contains information about several public assistance programs that are available through the Department of Social and Health Services.

Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care


  • Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment - Evaluates a young person's readiness for independence at different developmental stages. This online tool is user-friendly and assists in developing a plan with the young person. There is no fee to access and use the materials on this site.
  • College Success Foundation - Manages scholarship programs for youth still in high school and for youth wishing to pursue a college education.
  • Governors' Scholarship Program - The Governor's Scholarship Program assists Washington youth in state-recognized foster, group or kinship care enroll in and complete programs of study at an eligible college/university in Washington.
  • Independence for Foster Youth - Foster Youth learn how to find a job, get housing, create a budget, navigate the financial aid maze, and successfully get into college.
  • - Online training tool for youth to develop life skills. There is a small fee for the 1 year subscription.
  • Washington Information Network 2-1-1 - Search an online directory of health and human service programs to find resources like food banks (food pantries), emergency shelters, transportation, health clinics, rent or utilities assistance, legal help, and many more.