C. Supervised Independent Living

The Supervised Independent Living (SIL) program allows a youth to live in residential foster care in a more independent setting, including apartments, dorms, and shared housing. Young adults receive casework and support services to help them become independent and self-sufficient.

If a youth is placed in a SIL program, CPS does not supervise the youth's living situation or maintain contact unless the youth is receiving transitional living services such as the Transitional Living Allowance and Aftercare Room and Board, Education and Training Voucher, and Aftercare case management.

Through SIL a young adult has:

◦   Managing finances

◦   Buying groceries/personal items

◦   Working with a Landlord

◦   Achieving identified education and employment goals

◦   Accessing community resources

◦   Experiencing life skills

◦   Establishing important relationships

Eligibility Requirements for SIL:

◦   Demonstrate a reasonable level of maturity and ability to manage the expectations required in a SIL setting with minimal supervision and case management; and able to

◦   Meet eligibility requirements for Extended Foster Care.

SIL settings can include:

For more information about SIL settings, see Types of SIL Settings at https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/ Child_Protection/Youth_and_Young_Adults/Transitional_Living/Extended_Foster_Care/SIL_setting_types.asp.

Requesting a SIL Placement:

For more information, refer to the SIL policy on Requesting a SIL Placement at https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/handbooks/CPS/Files/CPS_pg_x10400.asp#CPS_10484 .