Independent Living

Connect with resources and gain skills to prepare you to live independently.

If you're looking for housing assistance, funding for your education or a boost with your career, let's talk. We can connect you to local resources to help you gain basic life skills and find your career pathway to help you become a successful adult.

How We Can Help

Supportive Services
We can connect you to supportive services to help you adjust to living independently, including housing, transportation, childcare, basic necessities, professional mentorships and community connections.

Do you want to continue your education or obtain a certificate? We can connect you to high school completion programs, scholarships and funding for certifications, and books and school supplies.

Career Assistance
If you're ready to start a career, we can prepare you with career exploration, employment connections and leadership development opportunities.

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) began in 2015 and consists of current and former foster care young adults. Members advocate and educate governmental systems and the public on issues surrounding the foster care system. YAC's mission is to inspire change through education, advocacy and awareness and to improve the image of youth by addressing foster care issues. YAC members begin on regional councils but have the ability to become members of the Statewide Council.

Start Today

Contact a staff nearest you to learn more. If you're not located in these counties, check out this map from the Department of Children and Families for a contact near you. Note: Internet Explorer must be used to access this webpage.

*Call or text

Columbia, Dodge, Marquette & Sauk Counties
Angel Smith at 608-432-1027 or

Jefferson County
Samantha Centeno at 608-444-2728 or

Dane County
Pricilla Reyes at 608-249-9001 or

Ozaukee & Washington Counties
Cindy Hinckley at 262-335-5309 or

Grant, Iowa, Lafayette & Richland Counties
Miranda Addison at 608-732-3021 or

Waukesha County
Lauren Friedl at 262-695-8042 or

Green & Rock Counties
Jodi Rich at 608-314-3300 ext. 334 or 608-247-8473*
or gro.bdwwsnull@hcir.j

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