Working in concert with other members of the Children’s Bureau’s T/TA Network, NRCYD assists States and Tribes to:
- Implement all of the requirements of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, including the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), and any other relevant state and federal legislation.
- Develop and maintain a culturally competent workforce that has the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the developmental and service needs of the diverse youth (ages 14 – 26).
- Provide assessment and transition planning services that are strengths-based and youth- driven.
- Engage youth in services and programs relevant to them.
- Utilize youth as consultants, peer reviewers, and stakeholders.
- Self-assess and evaluate the youth services and programs provided.
- Develop and maintain internal and external collaborations focused on helping youth make smooth transitions to adulthood, achieve permanency, strengthen permanent connections and reduce the likelihood of dependency on the adult social welfare system.