What is the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)?

The NYTD is a nationwide study that surveys youth about their thoughts and experiences in foster care as they prepare to transition to adulthood. Youth who complete the initial survey at age 17 will also receive a follow-up survey when they turn 19 and again when they turn 21. The information collected is used to improve foster care and independent living services. Each state is required to collect information for NYTD, and Florida wants every young person's voice to be heard!

Completing all three surveys is really important to make sure Florida and the U.S. have the best data possible so they can make sure youth in foster care have the services they need to help them prepare for a successful transition to adulthood. 

 For more information about the NYTD in general, click on the link below to visit the Federal Administration for Children & Families website:

National Youth in Tranistion Database


What kinds of questions are asked on the NYTD survey?

The NYTD survey asks youth questions about their experiences in 7 main areas: Employment, Income, Education, Relationships, Housing, Risky Behaviors and Health & Wellbeing. Some examples of questions are shown below. All of the NYTD questions are voluntary, so youth can decline to answer any question on the survey.

Example Questions from the NYTD Survey

Are you currently employed?

Do you currently have an open bank account, such as a checking or savings account?

Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?

Currently is there at least one adult in your life, other than your caseworker, to whom you can go for advice or emotional support?

What best describes your current living situation?  

Have you ever been arrested?

Currently are you on Medicaid?


Why should I take my NYTD survey?

As a young person who transitioned out of foster care, your input can help improve the whole system! The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete and in return for participating, you'll receive a gift card as a thank you!

If you participate in the whole program, and take your follow-up surveys at 19 and 21 years of age, you will be joining youth all across the nation in helping government to understand what services and supports youth need to help them make a successful transition to adulthood. You not only have an opportunity to have your voice heard, but also the chance to help create a better system for future youth in foster care!