DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

  DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

   <<< Return to OPP Table of Contents
Handbook 3: Case Planning and Case Management Services
4-3 Chapter Title
Case Planning and Case Management Services
4-3  Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)
Reference Points
Purpose of the TILP
When Must a TILP Be Completed
Services Described in the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)
TILP Agreement Examples
How to Complete the TILP in CWS/CMS, for KinGAP and Non Related Legal Guardians
TILP Approval
Placement/Address Changes
What If the Youth Refuses to Cooperate
Other References

Reference Points
Effective Date: In effect
Last Updated: 1/23/14
 Legal Basis:
PDF California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedure (MPP) Division 31-236
Popup Window CDSS MPP 31-332-333
Popup Window CDSS MPP 31-206.37
Popup Window Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) § 366.3 (e)(10)
Popup Window WIC § 11151.5
Popup Window Legal Basis Text
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word SCZ 2168 KinGAP-TILP
MS Word SCZ 2168 Non Related Legal Guardian-TILP
 CWS/CMS Forms:
bullet Services Management Section: Contacts
PDF Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP) Assessment and Referral


The Independent Living Program (ILP) was authorized by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-169).  The ILP provides training, services and programs to assist current and former foster youth ages 16 to 21 to achieve self-sufficiency prior to and after leaving the foster care system.  To access ILP services, the county social worker/probation officer develops a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) with the youth. 

The TILP is a State of California CWS/CMS Case Plan document which is incorporated into the Initial or Updated Case Plan.  The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-25 requires social workers to develop a written TILP in collaboration with each youth in placement who is 16-years-old or older.  CDSS MMP 31-236 outlines regulations regarding TILPs. 


The TILP is based on an assessment of the youth's current functioning and describes the emancipation preparation services that have been and will be provided to the youth "to assist the child to make the transition from foster care to independent living." [WIC § 366.3 (e)(10)]  In working with the youth to develop and complete the requirements and goals in the TILP, the Department of Family and Children's Services fulfills its responsibility to ensure that dependent children who emancipate have been given the necessary and appropriate educational, medical and psychosocial foundations to enable them to maximize their capacities to become healthy, productive adults.

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page

The TILP is to be developed for an ILP eligible youth by the county social worker/probation officer, with the active participation of the youth and other supporting adults.  Collaboration among the youth, the social worker, caregivers, and/or other dedicated adults is the key in developing the TILP.  Strength-based child welfare practices such as collaboration, youth empowerment, family, and community engagement are among the values and strategies that are being embraced by child welfare staff and that identify the youth as the “driver” in case-planning activities in identifying and achieving goals that prepare the youth for adulthood. 

The TILP provides the “roadmap” for the youth and his/her support system.  Reviewing the TILP on a regular basis highlights successes, and identifies new and continuing challenges/barriers and a focus for further work on overcoming challenges.

The purpose of the TILP is to describe the youth's current level of functioning; emancipation goals; the progress towards achieving the TILP goals; the programs and services needed, including, but not limited to, those provided by the ILP; and identifies the individuals assisting the youth. 

The TILP is reviewed, updated, approved, and signed by the social worker and the youth every six months.

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
When Must a TILP Be Completed  

For each youth in placement who turns 15 ½, the social worker of the county of jurisdiction must begin educating the youth about ILP.

TILPs must be completed:

  • When the youth turns age 16 and is in out of home placement.  The social worker will ensure the youth actively participates in the development of the TILP. 
  • For youth who enter foster care after their 16th birthday, the TILP shall be completed prior to the Dispositional Hearing by the Dependent Intake social worker.  The social worker shall include the TILP in the youth’s case plan when submitting documents to the court for determining services at the disposition hearing, status review hearings, and each permanency planning hearing.
  • For youth 16 years of age and receives KinGAP assistance, regardless of the youth's age when the dependency case was closed a TILP must be developed with the youth at age 16 in order to receive Independent Living Program (ILP) Services.
  • For Youth in a Non Related Legal Guardianship as long as the guardianship was established after the child was 8-years-old, dependency is dismissed, and the youth continues to receive Permanency Planning services. The TILP must be developed with the youth at age 16 to refer to Independent Living Program (ILP) Services. 

The TILP must be updated every six months or more frequently, if requested by the youth, to reflect progress, changes in the youth's level of functioning and modifications made to emancipation goals, programs and services identified in the TILP.  Each review of the TILP is conducted during a face-to-face contact with the youth.  The TILP is signed by the youth, caregiver, and the social worker.

Once found eligible for ILP services, the youth remains eligible until one day prior to his or her 21st birthday, despite any changes to their circumstances, including return home to a parent, dismissal of dependency, or change in jurisdiction to juvenile probation and a TILP must still be completed every six months.

The social worker is required to provide copies of each completed TILP to the youth and others who are essential to completion of the TILP goals. 

In addition, a copy of the TILP is submitted with the court report.

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
Services Described in the TILP  

The TILP is intended to be a clear, easy-to-follow plan with concrete steps designed to help the youth transition to adulthood.  As such, the goals and activities are individualized and must be written in a manner that is clearly stated and easy for the youth to understand the steps needed to make progress toward reaching the goals the youth has identified.  TILP services follow the core services provided under ILP.

The services described in the TILP should be individualized based on the needs of the youth, and are those that will assist the youth, as applicable, to attain the following emancipation preparation goals:

  • Education attainment including: skills development; assistance and referrals to obtain literacy skills, high school diploma/GED, and computer skills.

  • Information regarding college, vocational training program, or other educational or employment program admittance information, prior to emancipation.

  • Gainful employment through the provision of information about and participation in employment and training services, including but not limited to career exploration, work readiness skills, vocational training, employment development and experience, job placement and retention.

  • Budget and financial management skills; household management; consumer and resource use; knowledge of landlord/tenant issues, self advocacy skills, and credit issues.

  • Establishment and maintenance of a bank account.

  • Assistance and referrals regarding educational stipends, saving and trust fund accounts, educational/vocational grants, other employment programs.

  • Receipt/completion of applications for sources of post-emancipation financial support including but not limited to emancipation stipends, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Transitional Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supportive Transitional Emancipation Program (STEP), Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus), scholarships and grants, as applicable.

  • Development of a mentoring relationship with a responsible adult.

  • Knowledge of how to acquire and receipt of important documents, including but not limited to:
    • A certified birth certificate;
    • A social security card;
    • An identification card and/or driver’s license;
    • A proof of citizenship or residency status (for undocumented aliens, preparation and/or receipt of a completed application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) pursuant to 8 C.F.R. Section 204.11 or other naturalization process);
    • Death certificate(s) of parent or parents;
    • A proof of county dependency status for education aid applications;
    • School records;
    • Immunization records;
    • Medical records;
    • A Health and Education Passport;
    • A work permit;
    • Credit report;
    • Written information concerning the child’s dependency case including: information about the child’s family history; the child’s placement history;
    • The names, phone numbers and addresses of siblings and other relatives;
    • The procedures for inspecting the documents described under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827
    • Information regarding jurisdiction termination hearings and the potential consequences of a failure to attend.
    • Information and assistance for completing applications to seal juvenile records pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 781, as needed.

  • Assistance and referral to promote health, mental health, and safety skills, including substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, pregnancy prevention, and nutrition education.

  • Referral to appropriate county adult social services agencies, as needed, prior to emancipation.

  • Completion of Medi-Cal reapplication, prior to emancipation.

  • Assistance in finding safe and affordable housing, upon emancipation.


    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
TILP Agreement Examples  

The Transitional Independent Living Plan and Agreement (TILP) is developed with the youth, is youth driven, and documents the specific activities that will serve the youth in achieving his or her stated goals.

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
How To Complete the TILP in CWS/CMS, for KinGAP, and NonRelated Legal Guardians  

If the case is open in CWS/CMS the TILP is generated from CWS/CMS and some information will auto-populate with information from the Client Notebook.  Social workers should always check to ensure that the information is correct, current and complete.  Necessary changes should be made in the document and the Client Notebook.

To generate the TILP in CWS/CMS, please complete the following steps from the client’s case notebook, Case Management (Green) Section:

  1. Click on the + sign under “Open Existing Document – Case” to “Create New Document – Case”
  2. Click on "County" button.
  3. Choose "Santa Clara" from the drop-down menu.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list of documents that is generated.
  5. Choose “TILP Assessment/Referral/Plan Agreement.”
  6. Click “OK” to generate the 3-page TILP form.
  7. Note: Some of the fields are auto-populated and the rest of the information needs to be completed by the youth and the social worker.
    • The top portion of the Transitional Independent Living Plan self populates with information from the Client Notebook in the CWS/CMS database.  Social workers should always check to ensure that the information is correct, current and complete.  Necessary changes should be make in the document and the Client Notebook (in the ID page and the Education Notebook) and should be updated with the changes.

Completed TILP’s should be date stamped and submitted to the ILP basket on the 5th floor.


If the case is NOT in CWS/CMS (KinGAP or Non Related Legal Guardian)cases:

Social Worker:

  • Prints out the SCZ 2168 KinGAP or SCZ 2168 Non Related Legal Guardian TILP Form.
  • Conducts a joint planning and assessment meeting with the youth and completes the data fields on the hard copy of the TILP.
  • Signs the TILP
  • Has the youth sign the TILP.
  • Provides the youth with a copy of the TILP with both signatures.
  • Makes a copy for the case file.
  • Submits the original copy to the ILP Unit.
  • Date stamps the TILP.
  • Leaves the TILP in the TILP basket at the ILP Unit.


If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact the ILP main line at (408) 501-6866.

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
TILP Approval  

Once the TILP is received by the ILP coordinator, the coordinator determines if the youth is eligible for ILP services based on the eligibility criteria.

Once the youth is determined to be eligible, the youth is referred to Family and Children's Service (FCS), the contracted service provider.  If the youth lives out of county or out of state, a referral is forwarded to the ILP coordinator of the other county or the other state.


    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page


Address Changes

  If the youth has a placement change within six months of the current TILP, please submit a TILP cover sheet with the updated contact information to the ILP Unit. 
    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
What If the Youth Refuses to Cooperate  

ILP enrollment is deferred only if the youth is physically or mentally unable to benefit from the program as determined by the youth’s primary care physician or health/mental health professional; or if the youth declines to participate.

If the youth refuses to cooperate with the social worker in the development of the TILP or if the youth is unavailable due to run away status or other circumstances, the social worker must:

  • Complete the TILP and submit a date stamped copy to the ILP unit
    • Include the needs and services.
  • Document in the TILP:
    • An explanation of the youth's refusal to cooperate; and
    • Reasonable efforts made to obtain the youth's cooperation.
In any instance where the youth refuses services, the social worker shall again offer services to the youth at least once every six months.
    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page

Carla Macias, Social Work Coordinator, ILP Unit

Tel: (408) 501-6836

Email: Carla.Macias@ssa.sccgov.org

    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page
Other References  
bullet2 CWS/CMS Instructional Screen Shots For Generating a TILP

How to Print Out Case Plan Transitional Independent Living Plan

PDF OPP 6-7: Independent Living Skills Program
    < Return to OPP Table of Contents | ^ Back to Top of Page