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About NYTD
The National Youth in Transition Database is a national study that (1) surveys youth about their thoughts and experiences of foster care services and (2) tracks the independent living services that youth receive. The South Carolina Department of Social Services and The Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina are partners in this study, which is required by the US government.

NYTD Survey
Youth in foster care may be asked to take a survey when they turn 17, 19, and 21. Your input is crucial to improving IL services. It only takes 20-25 minutes to complete, and you can get a $50 gift card! The survey can be completed by phone, on the Internet, or by mail. We want to know about your experiences in foster care.
Tips and Tricks
The SC NYTD Team is listening and responding to youth in foster care. Your responses to the NYTD survey help us understand your needs as you transition into independent living and provide you with the best resources. Browse our Tips and Tricks page to find information about job searches, scholarships, housing, relationships, healthy living, and more!
Youth Compass
Do you need information about health care, schools, and other resources in your community? The Youth Compass lists helpful resources to get you on the right track. Just click on your region, find your county, and browse the listings. We want to help you find everything you need to be successful!
Independent Living
Youth in foster care between ages 13-21 can receive services from the John H. Chafee Independent Living Program. These services help youth transition to adulthood and can include scholarships, housing and pre-college expenses, transportation, tutoring, and life skill classes. NYTD requires that all services be categorized and tracked. Your caseworkers, foster parents, group home staff, and the NYTD Team can offer you IL services. Stay connected with all of us to get the most help possible!


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