What is NYTD?

What is NYTD?

NYTD stands for the National Youth in Transition Database.  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.
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 adult living.
To meet this requirement, the National Youth in Transition Database data collection system was created.

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What will Nebraska report?

NYTD requires us to engage in two data collection and reporting activities.
First, we will collect and report basic demographic data on each youth and the independent living services provided to them by Nebraska in thirteen (13) categories:

  1. Independent living needs assessment
  2. Academic support
  3. Post-secondary educational support
  4. Career preparation
  5. Employment program or vocational training
  6. Housing education and home management training
  7. Budget and financial management
  8. Health education and risk prevention
  9. Family support and healthy marriage education
  10. Mentoring
  11. Supervised independent living
  12. Room and board financial assistance
  13. Education financial assistance
Second, we will conduct a baseline survey of youth in foster care at age 17 (within 45 days after their birthday) and will conduct a follow up survey with a random selection of these youth at ages 19 and 21 to collect and report information about the following youth outcomes:
  • Financial independence/self sufficiency
  • Homelessness experiences
  • Educational attainment
  • Positive, permanent connections with adults
  • High-risk behavior
  • Access to health insurance
We will collect and report outcome information on a new cohort of youth every three years. All outcome information with the exception of demographics must be obtained directly from the youth and reflect the youth's provided response through completion of the survey.
Why should youth be involved?
  • Help us provide better services for others in foster care.
  • Make their voice count through survey participation.
  • Make a difference in the outcome of future young adults.

What can caregivers and others working with transitioning foster youth do to help?

  • Encourage youth to take the survey when asked.
  • Keep up with youth contact information.
  • Be a resource for youth entering young adulthood.

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