Project Independence

Independent Living Skills For Foster Care Youth


Our Program

Project Independence is designed to help young people between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care.

In our comprehensive non-residential program, we also work closely with foster parents. Home visits and supportive services are offered; foster parent training and support groups are provided throughout the year.



  • Independent living life skills coaching
  • Education and community advocacy
  • Foster parent support workshops
  • Home/financial management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Scholarship program
  • Aftercare support services



  • Health/sexuality
  • Recreation
  • Vocational training
  • College/career readiness
  • Resume writing
  • Financial literacy 
  • Mental health and substance abuse awareness
  • And much more!

All services are free.



Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm
Evening workshop hours vary



Project Independence Nassau

Laurel Ahwah, MSW

Family Support Division Director

31 Main Street Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 565-5512


Project Independence Suffolk

Laurel Ahwah, MSW

Family Support Division Director

4400 Veteran’s Highway Holbrook, New York 11741

ctel:(516) 565-5512


Erica Schifano, LCSW, CASAC-T

Assistant Vice President-Family Support Division

(516) 485-4289 ext. 1223

31 Main Street Hempstead, NY 11550



Project Independence is funded by the Nassau County Department of Social Services and the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.