Supervised Independent Living

Buffalo Haven at West Texas A&M 

Supervised Independent Living 

Become independent and self-sufficient in a supportive environment.

Supervised Independent Living is a voluntary Extended Foster Care program where you receive casework services from the provider and from CPS. Buffalo Haven at West Texas A&M University

In SIL placements, you are responsible for meeting your own day-to-day needs without 24-hour adult supervision. Instead, you are able to learn independence with the support of the provider and its services.

SIL placement allows you to 

  • Live on your own with support 
  • Manage your time and money 
  • Learn more about and use community resources 
  • Address fears and concerns about being on your own 

All in a supported environment! 


Buffalo Haven 

Achieve your career and life goals with support of West Texas A&M University. 

Buffalo Haven is more than just a place to live for a few years. 

Students studying It offers an exciting opportunity for youth to pursue their dreams of earning a degree through a supervised independent living option. Available for youth aging out of foster care who are 18 – 21 years old, the program allows students to learn valuable life skills with the security and support of living on campus.

Buffalo Haven provides 

  • Year-round accommodations in a dorm setting 
  • Meal plan with the ability to eat in the cafeteria as often as you want. Plus, additional funds to eat at other campus options and even off campus occasionally. 
  • A supportive environment for learning, career development and growth. 

Plus, access to academic and community resources to help ensure success. Check out the many resources below! 


Getting into Buffalo Haven 

Start your path to success by becoming part of Buffalo Haven.  

  • Choose the 26 credit path in high school 
  • Take the ACT or SAT 
  • Advise DFPS caseworker of Buffalo Haven (WTAMU) as desired SIL placement 
  • Apply for admissiont to WTAMU
  • Meet with DFPS caseworker and WTAMU foster liaison for final approvals

Contact your caseworker, high school counselor or the Division of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success to learn more about Buffalo Haven. 



Academic Resources 

Check out all the resources available to help students in and out of the classroom. 

Advising Services
Visit an advisor for help with greenlighting, degree plans and class scheduling. 

Buff Mentor Program
Sign up to be paired with a peer to help guide in your success. (Freshmen) 

Buff $mart
Learn more about becoming financial savvy with money management courses and financial coaching. 

Career Services
Improve your resume and get help with internships and jobs. 

Chemistry and Physics Help Lab
Ensure you get the grade you want with help from the chemistry and physics labs. 

Cornette Library
Study better with research, reading, exhibits, computer labs and more. 

Counseling Services
Get an array of helpful services, including one-on-one counseling, group sessions and more. 

Disability Services
Find assistance and accommodations for those with documented needs. 

Education on Demand
Take online self-paced (Section C), online accelerated (Section E1, E2) and semester-based (section E) credit courses. 

Educational Services 
Visit educational services for tutoring, academic study skills, math and science tutoring, testing, online tutoring and more.

Graduate School
Take your education to the next level with a graduate degree. 

Medical Services
Perform your best by feeling your best with help from medical services. 

Student Success Center - The Hub 
Find the help you need, from advising to career services, in the Hub. 

Student Success Coordinators
Ensure your success with the help of a Student Success Coordinator from your college. (Freshmen and sophomores)

Technology Support
Get help with all things tech. 

Writing Center
Take your writing to the next level with help from the Writing Center.