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!
Why Take the Survey?
Hear from a former youth in care about why taking the NYTD Survey is so important.
NYTD - Why Take the Survey?
NYTD - Why Take the Survey?
Transcript of video:
00:02 Hey guys, my name is Mark, and I've been in care for over four years - probably closer to five or six. I went into a group home when I was 15 and I didn't end up leaving until I was about 19\. I still maintain close times to a few of those group homes ever since.
00:25 And the reason I'm here talking to you about that is because there's something really important that comes along with being in care, and it's called the National Youth in Transition Database Survey. What the survey is, is basically a very short 25-question - it takes less than 10 minutes to fill out - survey that you take at 17, 19 and 21 that basically lets the proper channels know where you're at. You know, just been out of placement at 19, (you know) you're about to at 17, and at 21 you've been out for a couple years in most cases.
01:07 And it's important that the people in the proper channels know this because if they don't, there's no way of them fixing it. I know this this firsthand because I recently just got out of college in Maine - Bangor, Maine - from the School of Communications, and the only reason I was able to go in the first place was because I maintained ties that I had made in the group home to people who can help me get scholarships, get grants, get all the things that I needed to go to college, that without, I would not have been able to attend.
01:48 So stuff like that is really important, and keeping those ties and making them are kind of invaluable to success later on in life. I mean, as someone who wants to get out of placement as soon as possible at the age of 18, I know how it feels to have somebody ask you at 19 and 21 to fill out this survey that you're already done with. You're done with placement, you're done living in group homes, foster homes, whatever, but they still want you to fill out this survey
02:22 And it's important because it's not just kinda getting a chance to let people know how your stay was for you, to answer these questions, it's also really important for the kids who are going to come later, you know, after us, that are going to go through placement, so that they can have a better stay. If you feel like nothing will ever change, you can make some change - you just have to be a part of it.
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