Welfare Watch August 23, 2016

Equipping youth to transition out of foster care

The Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services Independent Living Program (ILP) provides a wide range of services to youth who are transitioning out of foster care, one of which is the Individual Development Accounts (IDA). The IDA savings program, specifically designed for youth in foster care, was introduced in Georgia in 2004 by The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative through a pilot program called the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative (MAYOI)--now known as the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative (GYOI). In  2008, The IDA program became part of the Independent Living Program. 

The IDA can be used to cover a variety of needs. Before opening an account, the program requires that youth develop a deeper understanding of financial issues. A Keys to Financial Literacy "train the trainer" for providers and community members who work with youth who are ILP eligible is scheduled September 27, 2016. This is an opportunity to become certified to administer the training.  read more (link to register - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAFAF2FA6FD0-idatrain)

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016