The federal John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (the Chafee program) provides funding to and governs the independent living program known as STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) in Minnesota. The Chafee program requires a client-specific data collection system to track independent living services provided to youth, and defined outcomes that measure each state’s performance in preparing youth for successful transition to adulthood, from foster care to independent living.
Baseline youth – Surveys are conducted every three federal fiscal years per schedule below. All youth in placement on or within 45 days after their 17th birthday during a cohort year will be invited to participate in the survey.
Cohort 1: Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2011
Cohort 2: Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014
Cohort 3: Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017
Cohort 4: Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020
Cohort 5: Oct. 1, 2022-Sept. 30, 2023
And so on…
Follow-up youth at ages 19 and 21 – Youth who were in the baseline population of 17-year-olds in care and completed the MNYTD survey are asked to respond to the survey again at ages 19 and 21. The department contracts with a vendor, the Improve Group, to locate, communicate with, survey and administer incentives to these youth until they reach age 21.
Youth who are eligible to take the survey may receive gift cards for participation.