Those leaving foster care have a new Independent Living program through Family Services

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It’s not always easy to make it on your own, something that social workers say is especially true for people leaving foster care.  That’s what this space is for, an Independent Living program at a new downtown location for Family Services.

The goal is to teach former foster kids essential life skills, everything from cooking and cleaning to learning how to keep a job.  

Danielle Szklenski of Family Services says it’s “so that they graduate from high school so that they can go on to continuing education if they want to or enter the workforce and have the independent living skills that they need to be productive members of society. “

The Independent Living program will serve about 200 young adults per year. 

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