Foster Care Youth Living Skills

The transition from foster care to independent living is more than possible.

It can happen with the help of Project Independence.

Our Program
Project Independence is designed to help young people between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care.

In our comprehensive, non-residential program, we also work closely with foster parents. Home visits and supportive services are part of the program. Foster parent training and support groups are offered throughout the year.


All services are free and offer independent living skills training through:

  • Aftercare support services
  • Aftercare/alumni support group
  • Community resources
  • Education
  • Foster parent support program
  • Health/sexuality
  • Home/financial management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Recreation
  • Scholarship program
  • Vocational/employment

Project Independence participants who have been discharged from foster care also receive:

  • Referrals to community-based services peer support groups
  • Continued financial aid assistance through the scholarship program


Scholarship Assistance

Since 1985, FCA has offered a Scholarship Fund Program to assist high school graduates who qualify with stipends for college or technical school. 

For Nassau: (516) 565-5512
For Suffolk: (631) 580-0334

Project Independence Nassau 
31 Main St.
Hempstead, NY 11550

Project Independence Suffolk
4400 Veteran’s Highway
Holbrook, New York 11741

Project Independence does not discriminate because of race, creed or national origin.

Project Independence is funded by the Nassau County Department of Social Services and the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.