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  • 1. The National Youth in Transition Database 2011 Conference on Ending Homelessness July 14, 2011 Kate Hjelm, MSW National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
  • 2. NRC-CWDT
    • National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
    • A service of the Children’s Bureau
    • Part of a network of Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) providers that work with States, Tribes and courts
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  • 3. Mission of the NRC-CWDT
    • Our mission is to assist States (including child welfare agencies and courts) and Tribal child welfare agencies in improving outcomes for children and families through the use of data and information technology.
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  • 4. NYTD
    • The N ational Y outh in T ransition D atabase
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  • 5. Other Federal Reporting Systems
    • AFCARS – Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
    • NCANDS – National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
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  • 6. NYTD History
    • In 1999, Congress established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP)
    • Program gives States funding for independent living services
    • Also required the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop a data collection system
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  • 7. NYTD History
    • The NYTD Final Rule was published in the Federal Register in February 2008
    • States were to begin collecting NYTD data on October 1, 2010 and report semiannually
    • The first NYTD submissions were received by ACF for the report period ending March 31, 2011
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  • 8. Overview of NYTD Data Collection
    • Data on youth in three reporting populations:
    • Served population : Youth who receive at least one independent living service regardless of age
    • Baseline population : Youth in foster care that reach their 17th birthday in FFY 2011, 2014, 2017 or every third fiscal year thereafter
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  • 9. Overview of NYTD Data Collection
    • Data on youth in three reporting populations (continued):
    • 3. Follow-up population : Youth who participated in data collection as part of the baseline population and turn age 19 or 21 in a certain fiscal year
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  • 10. Overview of NYTD Data Collection
    • There are 58 data elements (see handout):
    • 13 data elements about youth in all NYTD reporting populations (demographic data)
    • 20 data elements exclusively about youth in the served population (service data)
    • 25 data elements exclusively about youth in the baseline/follow-up populations (outcome data)
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  • 11. NYTD Elements Related to Housing
    • Served youth:
    • Housing education and home management training
    • Room and board financial assistance
    • Baseline and follow-up:
    • Public housing assistance
    • Homelessness
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  • 12. How are the data collected?
    • States are using a range of methods to collect NYTD information
    • Some information comes directly out of the child welfare information system
    • Surveys may be administered to youth as an interview in person or over the phone, or via a web survey tool or a paper form with or without interviewer assistance
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  • 13. Engaging Youth
    • One of the challenges to States will be locating and engaging youth in the follow-up populations
    • Organizations that provide services to former foster youth can help by building awareness and encouraging youth to complete the survey
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  • 14. What Can NYTD Data Tell Us?
    • By linking NYTD data to other data we can ask even more questions
    • Youth experiences in care in relation to NYTD Outcomes
      • Placement stability in foster care
      • Length of stay in care
      • Family contact
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  • 15. Who will Benefit from NYTD Data?
    • Agency administrators
    • Legislative representatives
    • Youth and young adults
    • Youth advocates and
    • service providers
    • Media and the public
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  • 16. For more information on NYTD
    • NYTD Resources: https://www.nrccwdt.org
    • NYTD information on the Children’s Bureau website:
      • http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb
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  • 17.
    • Kate Hjelm, NRC-CWDT
    • [email_address]
    • 703-774-4289
    For more information on NYTD Questions about NYTD? [email_address] 18