National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Outcomes File: NDACAN Dataset #171: User's Guide FY 2011.
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.
United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Children, Youth and Families.
Published: September 2013
Sponsoring Organization: United States. Children's Bureau.
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This guide begins by explaining the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) provides funding to States to develop and administer programs designed to help ease the transition from foster care to independence, and that the law that created CFCIP also required States to develop a system for tracking the services provided through CFCIP and a method for collecting outcome measures so that the effectiveness of the program can be assessed. These two components together form the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). The files contain data from all 50 States, as well as from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report provides an overview of the NYTD, including its purpose, geographic area, populations, analytic considerations, confidentiality protection, and extent of processing. The following section focuses on the services component that contains cross-sectional information on the services provided by States under CFCIP and the youth who receive those services. Data are submitted by the States every 6 months on a continuing basis. The next section describes the outcomes component that contains the results of surveys conducted with youth to examine certain well-being, financial, and educational outcomes as they get older. Data from a survey on outcomes for a cohort of youth is provided every other year beginning with federal fiscal year 2011 (Oct 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). It is explained that there are three phases of outcome data for a given cohort: a baseline survey during the year of the youth's 17 birthday, and two follow-ups: one at age 19, one at age 21. New cohorts will be established every three years after the initial one in FY2011. An appendix notes State response rates.
foster adolescents; Independent living skills; Independent living; data collection; Databases; Information sources; Federal programs