The Independent Living Program (ILP) at Mercy’s Door is a unique program that supports youth who are aging out of foster care. Traditionally, youth are removed from care at the age of 18; however, the state of Georgia recognizes that most youth are not yet ready to be fully independent at 18. In response, they created ILP programs across the state that allow youth to remain in care until 21 years old. This has been essential in reducing homelessness, increasing high school graduations, and increasing college attendance.
The ILP program at Mercy’s Door serves young ladies. These youth choose to remain in care to get the additional assistance they need in learning life skills so that they can achieve independence. They work one-on-one with a certified Life Coach who teaches them the skills that are necessary for independent living. Some of the main skills areas that are focused on include: