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Life Skills

The Life Skills Program is designed to enhance a youth’s independent living skills while promoting economic and social self-sufficiency. The Casey Life Skills Assessment (CLSA) is used to assess life skills youth need for their well-being, confidence and safety as they navigate high school, postsecondary education, employment and other life milestones.

Per DCFS policy (Procedure 302, Appendix M: Transition Planning for Adolescents), youth aged 14 and 16 years old must complete the life skills assessment. Youth will also complete the assessment six months prior to case closure.


For more information, read the DCFS Life Skills Program tip sheet.