This brief presents research findings from National Youth in Transition Database surveys comparing youth at age 17 and at age 19. It includes key comparisons by gender and foster care status.
At Age 17 and 19 in NYTD, Cohort 1
How the data were collected and analyzed.
How foster care alum are faring in the world.
What helps kids transition into successful adults.
How the cohort compares at age 17 and age 19.
All youth surveyed at age 17 were in foster care. By age 19, 64% of youth surveyed were no longer in foster care.
94% of 17-year-olds said they were enrolled in and attending some type of educational programming. By age 19, 55% had received a high school diploma or GED.
92% of youth in care and 88% of youth not in care reported having a caring adult they can go to for support.
At age 17, almost half of the respondents reported a history of high-risk outcomes: substance abuse, incarceration or birthing/fathering a child.