National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

What is NYTD?

The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a system to study independent living services offered to youth like you, both in and out of foster care. This information will help us get better at helping youth to move successfully from foster care into adulthood.

To get the information, Texas is surveying youth who are in foster care when they are age 17, and then we will survey some of those young adults again at ages 19 and 21. We survey a different age group each year.

What do I do?

Fill out a survey when asked by your Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) staff! By answering a few questions over the phone, in person or by mail, you can:

  • Get involved.
  • Leave a legacy for your brothers and sisters in foster care.
  • Improve your community.
  • Use your experiences to really make a difference.

Who are we surveying now?

We are currently surveying young adults who turn age 19 from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. If you take the survey this year, stay in touch with your PAL staff to take the survey again at age 21 - you’ll receive a receive a $100 incentive when you do!

Where should I go to get more information?

Contact the PAL staff in the region where your caseworker is located. To find out who that is, visit the PAL Coordinator page.

Visit The Children’s Bureau website to learn more about NYTD.

Thank you NYTD participants!

A great big thanks everyone who participated in the NYTD survey at age 17 and again at age 19 and 21! Your responses are greatly appreciated. Your voice is heard, and the information we collected from you will be used to help improve foster care for future generations.

U-NYTD, The National Youth in Transition Database Rap


by Janay and Kim, The West Coast Flow
(foster youth from California)