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 funding to assist youth in transitioning out of foster care.
The law also requires the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop a 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.
NYTD requires us to engage in two data collection and reporting activities.
First, DHHS will collect basic data on each youth and the independent living services provided to them by Nebraska in 13 categories:
Second, DHHS will conduct a 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:
DHHS will collect and report on the above information every 3 years with different youth. All outcome information must be obtained directly from the youth and reflect the youth's response through completion of the survey.