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The DHS Independent Living Program (ILP) partners with various youth organizations and communities to provide opportunities that assist youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults.

Through these FREE events, youth meet other foster youth across the state, experience fun and educational activities, learn about post-secondary education/training and employment options, have opportunities to make new friends (and renew old friendships), make community and cultural connections, discuss how to improve the foster care system, and learn valuable skills necessary to make a successful transition from state and Tribal custody to living on their own in the community.

Youth Bill of Rights Poster

Youth age 14 or older may be eligible for a variety of these events and activities through the Independent Living Program. For additional details regarding the individual events see the various tabs below:

Save the Date

2014 Summer Policy Conference, Pacific University, Forest Grove
July 18-21, 2014
Hosted by The Oregon Foster Youth Connection

Our Rights, Our Voices


teensThe DHS Independent Living Program has been sponsoring Oregon’s annual ILP Teen Conference for over 22 years. This FREE event provides 100 current or former foster youth with information and peer-led (by the FosterClub Allstars) workshops regarding transition planning, post-secondary education, employment, supportive healthy relationships, community connections, and much much more! These youth will gather with other foster youth from across the state, discuss how to improve the foster care system, and enjoy some fun recreational activities while experiencing different college campuses. The conference is held in June for current or former DHS or tribal ILP eligible foster youth between the ages of 14-20. Note: Supervision and transportation will need to be determined prior to registration.

This year’s Oregon ILP Teen Conference in partnership with FosterClub, will be at Camp Arrah Wanna near beautiful Mt. Hood from Monday from June 23rd-Thursday, June 26th 2014. There is a great lineup of recreation, activities and workshops for youth, presented by the FosterClub Allstars. Talk to the Independent Living Provider in your area to inquire and see attached flyer for additional details.