Database to Track Foster Youth

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The final federal rule on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) went into effect on April 28. The rule establishes data collection requirements for states on youth receiving independent living services and on outcomes for youth who age out of foster care.

The database will be used to evaluate the impact of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, which was established by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. States must fully implement the collection and reporting of NYTD data by Oct. 1, 2010, according to the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

The database will be used to track services provided to youth, the characteristics and demographics of youth, and youth outcomes related to finances, homelessness, education, connections with adults, risk behaviors and access to health insurance. Data for individual youths will be entered into the NYTD on their 17th, 19th and 21st birthdays.

Contact: Kathleen McHugh (202) 401–5789,