Am I eligible for services from Project LIFE?
If you are between the ages 14-21, are currently placed in the foster care in the state of Virginia or were adopted after the age of 16, you are eligible for services from Project LIFE. Some services are also offered to alumni of the foster care system.
Can I get Project LIFE services for free?
Yes. Project LIFE offers free assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency.
How can I attend a youth conference?
To attend a conference you must be:
- Between the ages of 14-21.
- Currently in foster care or adopted after the age of 16.
- Interested in leadership and advocacy.
If you are interested in attending a conference, talk to your worker or foster parent. You and your worker must fill out a three-part application:
- Youth Questionnaire – to be filled out by the youth
- Registration Form – to be filled out by the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) worker or the youth (if the youth is 18 years of age or older)
- Character Form – to be filled out by the LDSS worker
Project LIFE staff will review completed forms and you will be accepted to the conference based on demonstrated interest in the conference focus and goals and recent conduct. Once the application is complete, you will be notified by a Project LIFE staff person whether or not you have been accepted. Visit the Statewide Conferences section for more information.
It might be difficult for me to get to an event. Does Project LIFE provide transportation?
If you need help with transportation, contact your Independent Living Consultant who may be able to connect you with someone in your area who is attending the conference and can help with transportation.
I am aging out of foster care soon. Where can I learn about life skills I need as an adult?
Project LIFE has many resources written just for you. Check out our For Young adults page. You will find useful information about education, employment, housing, health care, money management, getting around and building relationships.
How can I get involved in Project LIFE?
You can help yourself and other youth in foster care by speaking up, sharing your ideas, getting involved in opportunities to change the foster care system and becoming a leader. The NYTD Survey, Project LIFE conferences and the Youth Network are all great ways to get involved. For any question you may have, use our contact page.
Where can I learn about my rights?
You can learn your rights by looking at the guide for VA youth.
I have been adopted. Can I still participate in Project LIFE’s programs?
It’s great to hear that you found a family. If you were adopted after your 16th birthday, you are eligible for all services Project LIFE offers. You can also attend the two statewide conferences held each year in the Spring and in the Fall. If you are interested in attending a conference, talk to your worker or your parent.