National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

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National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a federal initiative that requires states to collect information regarding youth in foster care, including race, sex, date of birth and foster care status. Through this information, states can ensure that independent living services are adequately preparing and supporting youth from foster care to independent adulthood. There are two components of NYTD.

Served Population

NYTD gathers information such as sex, race, ethnicity, foster care status, employment, education and more, on youth in foster care. States also provide what services and financial assistance they provide, such as assistance for education, room and board and other aid. This information is used to improve services such as career preparation, employment programs or vocational training, academic support, budgeting, health education and independent living needs assessment.


Through NYTD, states will survey youth on a variety of outcomes. These are financial self-sufficiency, experience with homelessness, educational attainment, positive connections with adults, high-risk behavior, and access to health insurance. States will survey youth in foster care within 45 days of their 17th birthday. This is called the baseline population. Youth will be contacted again when they turn 19 then again when they are 21 years old. This is called the follow-up populations. The follow-up populations will be surveyed regardless of foster care status or whether they still receive state services. The survey typically takes 5-10 minutes.

If you are interested in taking the survey vist the NYTD Project site.


NYTD Cohort 3 survey results are available in the NYTD Cohort 3 Data Brief.