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May 2003Vol. 4, No. 4New State Fact Sheet Series: National Resource Center for Youth Development

The University of Oklahoma, National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) is excited to provide a new, comprehensive State-by-State listing of policies, resources, and services for older youth. NRCYD, in partnership with the National Foster Care Coalition, has created a Web-based fact sheet for each State, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, including:

  • Contact information for the State Independent Living Coordinator.
  • Information on the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and a link to the State's Chafee Plan.
  • Information on the State's educational assistance to youth in care, including tuition waiver policies.
  • Information on the State's services for 18 to 21-year-olds.
  • Information on the State's youth advisory boards.
  • Information on the State's efforts in working with Tribes.
  • Information on the State's room and board provisions.
  • Information on the State's Medicaid Option.
  • Information on the Adoption Safe Families Act, and a link to the State's Child and Family Services Review (CFSR).
  • A link to the State's Program Improvement Plan (PIP).

You can access these pages at

NRCYD is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Resource Center increases the capacity and resources of States and Tribes to help youth in care establish permanent connections and achieve successful transitions to adulthood. NRCYD's objectives are to help States and Tribes:

  • Achieve the goals of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997--safety, permanence, and well-being.
  • Implement the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999.
  • Complete the CFSR process.

The Center bases its technical assistance and training around the four core principles of youth development, collaboration, cultural competence, and permanent connections. For more information, visit the NRCYD website at