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NYTD - National Youth in Transition Database


Iowa National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

Iowa NYTD is a federal initiative that collects outcome information from youth who are approaching the exit of, or have exited, foster care. The information provides insight into how prepared these youth are to enter adulthood and the services to which they have been provided during their time in foster care.   

Youth aged 17, 19, and 21 complete surveys that provide information on their educational attainments, employment opportunities, access to health insurance, and more.  This information provides valuable insight to state administrators and legislators on the success of foster care-related programs and services, as well as what improvements should be made to prepare and develop foster care youth for success as adults.

NYTD Survey

If you were in foster care on or around your 17th birthday, and you want your voice to be heard, contact the Iowa NYTD Coordinator today to see if you or someone you know may be eligible to participate in the NYTD survey at ages 17, 19 and 21.  Kayla Powell, NYTD Coordinator, or 515-725-4050 or toll-free at 1-888-228-4912.


NYTD has developed reports that summarize information collected through the surveys.  

17-Year Olds

  • FFY2020 report on 17-year olds can be found here
  • FFY2017 report on 17-year olds can be found here 

19-Year Olds

  • FFY2022 report on 19-year olds can be found here
  • FFY2019 report on 19-year olds can be found here

21-Year Olds

  • *NEW* FFY2021 report on 21-year olds can be found here
  • FFY2018 report that encompasses the full cohort of youth (at ages 17, 19 and 21) and "Fostercare to Adulthood" can be found here

Resources for Youth

Iowa Youth Resources

Iowa Youth Resources is a website that provides information for youth aged 16+.  The website was originally developed for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood, but provides information that could assist any youth who would like to learn more about programs in Iowa.  The site provides information on:

  • continuing education or educational assistance,
  • returning to high school,
  • employment and training,
  • housing,
  • health and medication, and more.

To access this information:

More Information on NYTD

More information for NYTD can be found here: