Independent Living

Are you looking for housing assistance, funding for college or a boost with your career? 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
  • Apartment start-up kits
  • Adulting & money hacks
  • Professional mentorships
  • Community connections

Education

Do you want to continue your education or obtain a certificate? We can connect you to:

  • High school completion programs
  • Scholarships & funding for certifications
  • Books & school supplies

Career Assistance

Are you ready to start your career but need a boost? We can prepare you with:

  • Career exploration
  • Employment connections
  • Leadership development opportunities

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) began in 2005 and consists of current and former foster care youth who 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 they have the ability to become members of the Statewide Council.


Let’s Talk.

Contact a representative near you. If you are 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.)

Columbia, Dodge, Marquette & Sauk Counties

Taylor Ahmed at 608.254.8353 or
tahmed@nullworksmartnetwork.org

Dane County

Alex Maves at 608.249.9001 or
amaves@nullwdbscw.org

Jefferson County

Mari Ulatowski at 920.728.6871 or
mulatowski@nullworksmartnetwork.org

Waukesha County

Lauren Friedl at 262.695.8042 or
lfriedl@nullwctc.edu

Ozaukee & Washington Counties

Cindy Hinckley at 262.335.5309 or
wdc_chinckley@nullmorainepark.edu

Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland & Rock Counties

Jodi Rich at 608.314.3300 ext. 334 or
j.rich@nullswwdb.org