What is a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)?

A TILP is a document that you create with your Social Worker (SW) or Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) to help you set goals. The TILP let’s your support system know what you want for yourself so they can help.

Remember this: your independent living plan is about defining small goals you that will help you reach bigger goals for yourself.

How do you make a TILP?

First, you meet with your social worker or probation officer and decide what goals you want to reach within the next 6 months. Think about what you need help with, the purpose of this is to give you the tools and information you need to be more independent. Your goals can be related to school, work or other things related to being more independent like driving or cooking.

What should my TILP cover?

Any goals you need help reaching. Example, you may have a goal to improve your grades but you need help putting that goal on your TILP helps your CSW figure out how to help you accomplish that and possibly help you find tutoring.

What if the goals on my TILP are not the goals I want?

If the goals written on your TILP are not the goals you want for yourself, you do not need to sign the document. Talk to your team and explain what you do not agree with. If you are still not getting the help you need, talk to your attorney. If you’re not sure who your attorney is, contact the Children’s Law Center or ask your social worker. Remember, your attorney works for you, and is there to help you get what you need.

What happens if I want to change my goals?

Your TILP is flexible. You can always ask for a meeting with your team to change your TILP. The law says your TILP has to be updated every six months, but you can update it as often as you want.

What if one of my goals is harder to achieve than I expected?

That’s okay! It happens all the time. Ask for help! Give copies of your TILP to the people in your life, like your job coach, foster parent, or other caregiver. When you’re struggling, ask them to help you. If you need to, make adjustments to your TILP.

What if I am not getting the support or services I need to meet my goals?

If you are asking for help and still not getting it, make sure you tell your attorney or your judge. By law, your judge has to review your TILP every six months to make sure that you are getting the help you need to reach your goals.

Who should have a copy of my TILP?

You should keep a copy of your TILP so you can make sure that you’re getting the services and support you are supposed to. Your attorney should have a copy. It also might be good for you to give a copy to an adult that you trust, a mentor, or, if you live in a group home or housing program, someone who oversees that program.

TILP example:

Download a sample TILP document here.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights can help you. Email youth@kids-alliance.org or call 213.368.6010 to get started.