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Minnesota Youth in Transition Database (MNYTD)
Notice of Privacy Practices
(Please select "I accept" below to continue to the survey)
(Effective date: October 1, 2014)

 What is this?
This document explains a survey that you are being asked to be part of about foster care youth in Minnesota. The survey is required by the federal government because it provides Minnesota with funding to help adolescents in foster care learn to be independent. Your feedback is important to inform government agencies that funding is helping to ensure successful transition to independent living. This effort is called the Minnesota Youth in Transition Database (MNYTD).
Who is asking the questions?
The initial survey was facilitated by your social worker. This year the survey is being administrated by The Improve Group, an agency the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracted to locate, contact and survey you. DHS is the state agency that oversees social service agencies in Minnesota.

Why is this important?
Each year, almost 600 youth leave foster care in Minnesota to live on their own when they turn 18. Many experience problems after leaving foster care because they do not have the resources to take care of themselves. The survey asks questions about you, and you may be contacted and asked questions each year until you turn 21. Your answers will help to improve services for foster youth.                                                                                                                                                                                                    


What questions are being asked of you?
The survey will ask questions about you and the people in your life. Some of the questions you will be asked are:
       ·Names, relationships, and contact information of people who might help find you each year until age 21.
       ·Information about yourself, including education, employment, health insurance, housing, etc.


What do we do with your answers?
The Improve Group will share your name, contact information and survey responses with DHS. DHS will provide your survey answers to the Children’s Bureau, Washington D.C. Your name will not be provided to the Children’s Bureau.


What if I do not want to answer the questions?
Your answers to these questions are important, but you can decline to participate. By answering the questions, you are consenting to providing data and sharing information with the agencies mentioned earlier. An incentive will be provided to youth ages 19 and 21 who participate in the survey over time.


What are my rights?
· You can see and get copies of the information DHS has about you by contacting the Adolescent Services Unit, (651) 431-4312.
· You have the right to choose how DHS communicates with you. For example, you may ask DHS to send all communication to your work address, instead of your home.
· You have the right to question the accuracy of the information that DHS has about you. You can send a letter telling DHS what information needs to be changed. Send your letter to the following address:
               Minnesota Department of Human Services
               Attn: Adolescent Services Unit
               P.O. Box 64943
               St. Paul, MN 55164-0943


What are DHS’ responsibilities?
· DHS has responsibility to maintain your privacy, and abide by the terms of this notice.
· If the terms of this notice change, DHS has a responsibility to contact you.

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