Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about NYTD? Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions about NYTD, the NYTD survey, the Transition Resource Kit designed especially for South Carolina youth in care, and the John H. Chafee Independent Living Program.


About NYTD
The NYTD Survey
The SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit
The John H. Chafee Independent Living Program


About NYTD

What is NYTD?
NYTD (National Youth in Transition Database) is a federal data collection that requires all states to collect information from youth in care to learn more about their experiences including what has helped them and what they need for a successful transition to independence. Youth are invited to complete the survey when they turn 17 and again at 19 and 21.

Who participates in NYTD?
All youth in foster care who turned 17 between October 1, 2013 and Sept 30, 2014.

What is my role in NYTD?
Youth input is very important to the project. In South Carolina, you will be contacted soon after turning 17 and again at 19 and 21 and asked to answer some questions on a survey about services you’ve received, your experiences in foster care, as well as your goals and accomplishments.

Is NYTD only for South Carolina youth?
No. NYTD is a national study, which means that youth from every state in the country are participating in NYTD.

Why should I participate in NYTD?
The SC NYTD survey offers youth an opportunity to share their concerns and ideas about independent living, as well as to discuss their dreams and goals. Make your voice count by giving your input which will be used to improve services for youth in foster care.

How many NYTD surveys are there?


1.    The first survey is provided to youth in care who turned 17 between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

2.    The second survey is provided to the same youth when they turn 19 between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

3.    The third survey is provided to the same youth when they turn 21 between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

How do I stay in touch with the SC NYTD team?
You can reach the SC NYTD team by email at or on our toll free number 1-800-692-7021.

We always enjoy hearing from South Carolina youth! We’re here to help and stay connected!

The NYTD Survey

How do I complete the survey?
The survey consists of a 45-60 minute phone interview with a member of the SC NYTD team. We have other options too – by mail, internet, and in-person (as applicable). Someone from the SC NYTD team will call you to schedule a time for you to take the survey. You will also receive a courtesy call 24-hours prior to the survey interview to reconfirm the date and time.

What happens if I don’t want to answer one of questions on the survey?
Some youth may find a question on the survey that does not apply to them or that they don’t want to answer. All youth taking the survey have the right to decline to answer any question.

How much time will it take to complete the survey?
It should take 45 minutes to one hour to complete the survey.

Do I get anything for completing the survey?
All youth who complete the survey will receive a $50 gift card at 17, a $75 gift card at 19, and a $100 gift card at 21. Youth also receive the South Carolina Youth in Transition Resource Kit.

What happens to my survey answers to the federal questions?
Your feedback, along with youth from other states, will be put into a database — the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). The individual data for these questions will be shared with caseworkers. This information will be used to create programs to better assist youth during the transition out of foster care.

What happens to my survey answers to the “state” questions?
Your feedback to the state questions will be used to create reports and improve programs for youth in care in South Carolina. Your name and contact information for the state questions WILL NOT be shared with anyone other than the SC NYTD team.

Will I receive information about what other South Carolina youth in care have to say?
Yes! We will be posting updates and reports on our website,, about what South Carolina youth in care have to say!

The SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit

What is the SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit?
The SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit is a kit full of helpful resources to assist youth in the SC NYTD study who are preparing for the transition to adulthood. The resource contents change every year to assist youth with where they are in their transition. The SC NYTD team understands there are lots of important decisions to be made during this time (e.g. finding a job, graduating from high school, preparing for college, applying for scholarships, etc.)
Everyone deserves support in their life, and we’re happy to help, so we have created this resource kit with useful resources to assist youth preparing for the transition to adulthood and independent/interdependent living. The resources in the SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit were developed by many people and organizations that care about the best interests of youth in care.

The John H. Chafee Independent Living Program

What is the Independent Living program?
The John H. Chafee Independent Living Program is for all youth in foster care, ages 13-21. The IL program provides opportunities and money to assist youth with independent living and a successful transition from foster care. IL services include scholarships, housing expenses, pre-college expenses, transportation, tutoring, life skill classes, summer camps, etc. Speak to your caseworker to learn more about IL services and how this program can better serve you!

Are there any Independent Living youth groups in South Carolina that I can join?
Yes! We have IL Youth Groups all across the state. These youth groups are an excellent way to learn more about your rights, meet other youth who are receiving IL services, and learn about the services and resources that you can use to assist you during your transition to adulthood.

Where can I find information about Independent Living and my rights as a youth in care?
There are many ways to find out about Independent Living! You can:

1.    Read  the Guidelines for Services: Chafee Independent Living Program & Educational and Training Program (ETV) book, found in the SC Youth in Transition Resource Kit and on the NYTD website.

2.    Speak to your caseworker about IL services

3.    Join an IL Youth Group association and learn more!

4.    Contact the SC NYTD team for more information.


Who can I contact if I have questions about my eligibility for IL Services?
It is really important to know the services available to you. Be sure to speak to your caseworker about services you need, your goals, how you can receive money for education, housing, transportation, and other IL resources.

Who can I contact if I have questions about life after foster care?
If you have questions about life after foster care, you should speak to your caseworker. She or he will be able to answer any questions you have and assist you with understanding which resources and services are available to you. You can also contact your DSS Regional IL Advocate for assistance. And, of course, you are also welcome to contact the SC NYTD team anytime. We’re here to help!

Reminder from your SC NYTD Team:

Independent Living does not mean being left on your own. In fact, true independence means finding a balanced life where you can flourish to be the best you can be. This means knowing how to take care of yourself, being responsible, working towards achieving your goals, and most importantly, knowing where you can turn to for help. No one should ever feel like they are left alone to do everything on their own. That is not independence.

You are important!
You deserve happiness!
You were born to be the best you can be!

If you ever need help along the way, please contact us.
We are here for you.

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