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April 2015Vol. 16, No. 3NDACAN Issues New Data Releases

The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) promotes research, analysis, and information sharing in the child welfare field by providing dataset and technical assistance and promoting collaboration in the scientific community. NDACAN recently released four new datasets focusing on youth in transition, children and adolescents' well-being, and children in foster care.

  • National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) - Outcomes File, FY2013
    Investigator: Children's Bureau
    NYTD, funded by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP), and established in response to the same law that created CFCIP, serves a dual purpose: (1) tracking the services provided through CFCIP to youth who are emerging from foster care without a permanent home at age 18 and (2) collecting outcome measures that aid in assessing the program. This first dataset, the Outcomes File, contains the results of surveys conducted with youth to examine certain well-being, financial, and educational outcomes as they get older. Data collection began in 2011.
  • National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) - Services File, FY2013
    Investigator: Children's Bureau
    The Services File, NYTD's second dataset, contains cross-sectional information on the services provided by States under CFCIP and the youth who receive those services. States submit this data every 6 months on a continuing basis. NYTD contains data from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • The National Survey on Child and Adolescent Well-being II (NSCAW II) General Release, Waves 1-3
    Investigator: Research Triangle International
    Like NSCAW I, NSCAW II measures the well-being, functioning, service needs, and service use of children served by the child welfare system. Data collection, completed in December 2012, tracked a cohort of children approximately 2 months to 17.5 years old at baseline and ranged in age from 34 months to 20 years old at Wave 3. The survey studied the well-being of children involved with child welfare agencies, and it collected information about the children's families, child welfare interventions, and other services. The survey also focused on elements of child development and the health, mental health, and developmental risks of children who suffered severe abuse and violence.
  • Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Foster Care File 2013
    Investigator: Children's Bureau
    AFCARS offers case-level information about children covered by the protections of titles IV-B/E of the Social Security Act (Section 427). This federally mandated data collection system, with reporting periods from October 1 to September 30 of each subsequent year, presents both State and Federal policy development and program management issues. AFCARS data help researchers examine and analyze U.S. foster care and adoption programs. Find more information on AFCARS on the Children's Bureau website

To learn more about these and other similar releases, visit the NDACAN website at