Foster Culture

March 30, 2011

What happens to youth that exit care??

Filed under: Uncategorized — fosterculture @ 2:46 am

Well, it’s hard to say actually because at this time there is no way to adequately follow the youth to quantify their outcomes. Oh wait, someone just changed that. it’s called NYTD, National Youth in Transition Database. The idea is, that a youth will fill out this little form while they are still in care and they will fill it out once they’ve been out of care. A few issues I have with this:

1. If the Chafee Providers (older youth services) are not able to get youth to comply with this, they will lose funding.
2. Have you ever tried to find a youth once they are out of foster care…not that easy!
3. Youth and young adults that are homeless do not usually want people to know they are homeless. Seriously, they are embarrassed about this, so there’s probably not a lot of reason for them to be honest with NYTD.
4. If the youth is homeless (as most of the that leave foster care usually are) will they base that on the McKinney Vinto definition or the HUD definition.

There are more, but this is my first post in a long time, so I think I’ll stop while I’m ahead. I think tracking youth that leave care is a good idea, but it doesn’t seem like the NYTD is well thought out, as usual, it’s over-thunked.
I feel the need to offer a solution if I’m going to complain…I say, use facebook! Put the entire database on facebook somehow and friend each youth before they leave care.

Okay, it feels good to be back. I have lots of thoughts and topics to cover, so hopefully my next post will be sooner than later.


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