INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM (ILP)

FRESNO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS)

ILP Reception
559-600-6689
380 W Ashlan Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
cwsilp@fresnocountyca.gov
Danielle Nieto, SWS
559-600-6626
nietod@fresnocountyca.gov
Mecca Hutchings, SW
559-600-1069
hutchm@fresnocountyca.gov
Valerie Ortega, SW
559-600-1067
ortegva@fresnocountyca.gov
Ryan Walthuis, SW
559-600-2033
walthr@fresnocountyca.gov
Sanford Thomas, SW
559-600-2030
thomasg@fresnocountyca.gov
Aurelio Preciado, JS
559-600-9537
apreciado@fresnocountyca.gov
Carmen Gutierrez, OA
559-600-6689
gutieca@fresnocountyca.gov
Lupe Wade, RN, BSN, PHN
559-600-7594
wadela@fresnocountyca.gov
Maya Nunez, SWA
559-600-1050
mayanunez@fresnocountyca.gov
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ILP provides services to Fresno County foster and probation youth ages 14-21.

Our goal is to provide youth with a sense of community and belonging while providing them with the necessary skills and support to obtain self-sufficiency.

Fresno County ILP offers workshops and services that help prepare foster and probation youth for independent living, such as:

  • ILP Workshops include housing/finance, self-esteem, education, safety, DMV prep, basic life skills, and know your rights
  • Advocate and peer groups
  • California Youth Connection
  • Linkage to community resources
  • Cal Fresh Linkage
  • Onsite Job Specialist
  • Public Health Nurse Services
  • Obtaining Vital Documents – Birth Certificate, CA ID
  • Clothing from best dressed teens
  • Special Event Celebrations – ILP kickoff-Access to Higher Education/ILP Graduation celebration, holiday celebration
  • AB12 Point of Re-entry
  • Ward of Court Letter (required for college registration and financial aid)

ILP has a resource center that ILP youth can access. The resource center includes computers, information on community resources and other educational materials.

ILP Aftercare Services

A youth may continue to receive ILP services after his or her case is dismissed from Juvenile Dependency or Juvenile Delinquency Court. The youth must meet with an ILP Social Worker to determine ILP eligibility. Once ILP eligibility is determined an aftercare case will be opened. This aftercare case entitles the youth to receive services until the age of 21.

Financial Assistance

Current and former foster and probation youth may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per year for college from the California Chafee Grant Program. Log on to www.chafee.csac.ca.gov or speak with your ILP Social Worker for assistance.