National Youth in Transition Database

Welcome to the California National Youth in Transition Database Web Page  

The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a national data system designed to study the independent living services offered to youth in and out of foster care; and to measure certain outcomes of youth in foster care at ages 17, and then that same group of youth either in foster care or exited from foster care at age 19 and age 21 by way of an online survey. The information gathered will help California better serve youth who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Independent living services’ data are collected through the Child Welfare Services Case Management System (CWS/CMS) and the outcomes’ data are collected through the NYTD survey for eligible youth at ages 17, 19 and 21. 

The first review period for the 21-year-old follow-up population is October 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. The second review period is April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2024. This is the third survey of the fourth cohort. Youth who are eligible to participate in the NYTD survey receive a $100 incentive payment.

Take the California NYTD Survey for 21-year-olds, NOT 17-year-olds.

To find your local NYTD Coordinator, please contact the TAY Policy Unit at

California NYTD Resources 

National NYTD Resources

Contact Us

Transition Age Youth Policy Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-78
Sacramento, CA 95814

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