Colorado highlights from the National Youth in Transition Database

March 8, 2019

The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a federal reporting system created to track how well each State has prepared foster care youth via independent living services. It is also utilized to collect outcomes information from youth transitioning out of foster care to assess each States’ performance in operating their independent living programs. Colorado has completed the first eight years of data collection. 

The data collected were from a total of 1,890 surveys from youth who received independent living services paid for or provided by the State of Colorado. The outcomes measured were in six areas from Cohort I and II:

  1. Financial self-sufficiency
  2. Educational attainment
  3. Connection with adults
  4. Homelessness
  5. High-risk behaviors
  6. Access to health insurance

The following are highlights for Colorado when comparing Cohort I and II data:

  • Employment – rate increased
  • Receiving public assistance –rated decreased
  • Referrals for substance abuse –rate decreased
  • Incarceration –rate decreased


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