National Youth in Transition Database

Lessons Learned from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Posted October 4, 2010
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The National Youth Transition Database (NYTD) is an unprecedented opportunity for states to learn how to improve outcomes for youth exiting foster care. This document — a pep-talk packaged in a publication — shares lessons learned from implementing a similar tool called the Opportunity Passport Participant Survey. Readers will hit the report’s final page armed with a confidence boost and clear advice on how to build their state NYTD to comply with federal requirements.  This publication is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

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Key Takeaway

Introducing a database designed to give states the hard numbers to better support older youth in foster care

The long-awaited National Youth in Transition Database — NYTD for short — requires states to track: 1) characteristics of young people in foster care who are receiving independent living services; 2) exactly what services these youth are receiving; and 3) how they fare when transitioning from care.