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National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

What is NYTD

NYTD 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. Young people are contacted to complete the survey right after their 17th, 19th and 21st birthdays.

If you work with youth in foster care, we need your help to make NYTD work! We need a significant number of youth to complete the survey so we can determine which services are beneficial and what makes the difference between youth who are successful and those who struggle with their transition to adulthood.

Benefits of NYTD

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 NYTD survey we are learning:

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

How foster parents and supportive adults can help

  • Make sure the foster youth you know understand what NYTD is and sign up for a FosterClub membership.
  • Encourage young people to complete the survey within 45 days of their 17th, 19th and 21st birthday. 
  • Offer to help them complete the survey, including reading through the questions and entering answers online or completing a paper version.
  • Let the caseworker or ILP worker know what skills are being taught in the home so the caseworker is able to track those skills and areas covered, and plan for any life skills training that is still needed.

Information to share with youth

  • You hold the answers NYTD needs! Your story can help improve the foster care system for thousands of young people.
  • Make sure you sign up for a FREE FosterClub membership and take the NYTD survey. Your information will be kept safe.
  • Once you connect with FosterClub, they will send you reminders about NYTD. You will also be connected with a Dedicated Outreach Representative (DOR). They will be your personal connection to resources and information as you transition from foster care. They are like your very own customer service representative!
  • As a registered Oregon FosterClub member, when you update your contact information you are automatically eligible for contests, drawings and prizes. Make sure to let FosterClub, your caseworker, and your Independent Living Program know your new address after you leave foster care. That way they know how to reach you when it's time to take the survey, and you'll have an even better chance at winning!

Outcomes and results