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Mar 24 -- The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites comments to OMB by April 25, 2022 regarding the continuation of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Youth Services Report and Youth Outcomes Survey Data Collection.

The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, as amended by Public Law 106-169, requires state child welfare agencies to collect and report to ACF Children's Bureau data on the characteristics of youth receiving independent living services and information regarding their outcomes. The regulation implementing the NYTD, listed in 45 CFR 1356.80, contains standard data collection and reporting requirements for states to meet the law's requirements. Additionally, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2017 (H.R. 253) further outlines the expectation of the collection and reporting of data and outcomes regarding youth who are in receipt of independent living services. ACF uses the information collected under the regulation to track independent living services, assess the collective outcomes of youth, and potentially to evaluate state performance with regard to those outcomes consistent with the law's mandate.

The NYTD is a data collection system that elevates the voices of youth who are transitioning into adulthood. Included in this collection, are data about the services provided by youth serving agencies as well as data about the young people themselves and their long-term outcomes. States use this information to improve the independent living programs that are administered through the state. The Children’s Bureau uses this information to track independent living services, to assess the collective outcomes of youth, and to evaluate state performance with regard to those outcomes consistent with the law’s mandate. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) allowed states to opt to extend title IV-E foster care assistance to youth ages 18 to 21. Consequently, NYTD data are also used to assess the impact of extending foster care supports to youth over age 18. Finally, we make available our raw NYTD data sets to researchers for analysis in our National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) and through the Cornell University.  
NYTD website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/research-data-technology/reporting-systems/nytd
ACF submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202203-0970-004 Click IC List for forms, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-06234

For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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