National Youth in Transition Database

The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) collects certain data about youth in foster care, as well as their outcomes after they leave foster care. The NYTD Survey specifically collects outcomes data on youth who have left foster care after the age of 17.

Who should complete the NYTD Survey?

Any youth or young adult who completed the NYTD survey while they were in state care on their 17th birthday and has been asked by their Child Protective Service Worker or Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer to complete the survey again at the age of 19 and 21. You will receive a gift card each time you complete the survey when asked to do so. 

If you have any questions at all please contact your DCYF CPSW or JPPO or contact the DCYF Adolescent Worker or Permenancy JPPO in your area.

Let your voice be heard!

Complete the NYTD Survey*

You will receive a gift card for taking the survey.

Why Take the Survey?

NYTD - Why Take the Survey?

Hear from a former youth in care about why taking the NYTD Survey is so important.

Length: 2:58 | Transcript: NYTD - Why Take the Survey?

What is NYTD?

In 1999, Congress established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP). This program gives States flexible funding to assist youth in transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood. The law also requires the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop a data collection system to track the independent living services provided to youth and to develop outcomes that measure states' success in preparing youth for their transition from foster care to independent living. To meet this requirement, the National Youth in Transition Database, or NYTD, was created.

The NYTD Survey

The NYTD Survey, created by the federal government, is administered to youth who are 17 years of age and living in out of home care.  

A new cohort of youth begins every 3 years, so only about a third of the older youth in care will be involved in the program. 

The youth that completed the survey at age 17 will be asked to complete it at age 19 and then again at age 21. The process then repeats itself with a new group of 17 year olds every three years.

What data is collected?

The survey covers a range of topics including 

  • financial self-sufficiency
  • experience with homelessness
  • educational attainment
  • positive adult connections
  • high-risk behavior and 
  • access to health insurance. 

What other data is reported?

Since October 2010, each state, including New Hampshire, has collected and reported twice per year to the ACF:

  • Basic demographic information for any youth receiving independent living and after care services.
  • The range of independent living services provided to youth in out of home care and aftercare.
  • Education status
  • Data from the NYTD Survey

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