Q: If a youth is planning to participate in a Job Corps program which provides housing, can this be an eligible foster care placement for a non-minor dependent (NMD)?
A: Yes, housing provided through a Job Corps program can be qualified as a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP). The NMD would need to undergo the readiness assessment and the housing would need to pass the health and safety inspection as with any other SILP site.
(Note: This question is not directly in an ACL although ACL 11-77 states that “Counties have significant discretion for what can constitute a SILP placement. The federal guidance allows for maximum flexibility for SILPs, while still ensuring the placement is safe for NMDs.” CDSS has confirmed that Job Corps qualifies as a SILP.)