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What is N.Y.T.D.?

Foster Club LogoNNYTD Logo.Y.T.D. stands for "National Youth in Transition Database." It's a national survey to see how young people are doing as they transition out of the foster care system, and we need your help to make it work. Young people will be contacted to complete the survey right after their 17th, 19th, and 21st birthdays. DHS will begin tracking and reporting services beginning October 2010.

Benefits of N.Y.T.D.?

The Federal Chafee Foster Care Independent Program legislation includes language requiring each state to track and report services and outcomes for foster teens and young adults. By participating in the N.Y.T.D. survey we are learning:

  • Which services are beneficial to our youth as they transition out of foster care and
  • How our youth are really doing once they are out on their own.

What happens if the state does not collect the required information?

States may be penalized by the federal government if they fail to collect NYTD data. States may lose up to 5 percent of their Chafee funds - money that is used to help foster youth transition to adulthood, including educational and career needs. Oregon is expected to achieve an 80 percent response rate with youth in care. Maintaining a positive relationship with the teen will be the most helpful tool for engaging youth in this new survey process.

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You hold the answers NYTD needs - your story can help improve the foster care system for thousands of young people. Your information will be kept private and safe. Make sure you sign up for a FREE FosterClub membership @ http://www.fosterclub.com/. Log on to: http://www.fosterclub.com/article/oregon-nytd-page to learn more about NYTD and take the survey. You CAN make a difference!

FosterClub will send you helpful reminder notices about NYTD with the help of a Dedicated Outreach Representative "DOR". The Outreach Representative will be your personal connection to resources and information as you transition from foster care - not unlike your very own customer service representative, just for you! When you sign up as an Oregon FosterClub member as current and former foster youth, you are automatically eligible for contests, drawings, and prizes when you update your contact information so make sure to let FosterClub, your caseworker, and/or your Independent Living Program know your new address after you leave foster care so they know how to reach you when it's time to take the survey…and you will have an even better chance at winning!

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