The Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS) and The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and are partners in The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). Together, we make sure that our state's youth successfully move from foster care to independent living — we collect information, track your progress, recommend services, and design programs and policies to make your transition easier. Remember that being independent does not mean being alone. The SC NYTD Team is here for you!

Your Team at The Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS)

Monique B. Mitchell

Research Director

Monique Mitchell is the South Carolina NYTD Research Director. In that role, she analyzes all of the data from the surveys that you complete and makes sure your voices are heard. Along with the rest of the SC NYTD Team, she makes recommendations for ways to improve independent living services and programs based on your feedback.

Monique puts together the content for the NYTD Stay Connected website. She also works with the graduate assistants at USC to gather information and resources about where you can go to find programs and services that will help you.

Monique has focused her career as a researcher on advocating for youth in foster care. She specializes in child welfare, life transitions, ambiguity, loss, stress and coping, and spirituality. Monique has a PhD in family relations and human development. She also has an MSc in capacity building and an HBA in anthropology and psychology.

Monique grew up in Canada and has experienced the transition out of governmental care. She knows first-hand the challenges that you may be facing. She has a passion for helping youth in foster care transition to adulthood, and she always enjoys hearing from youth. If you have any questions or concerns about your own transition to adulthood, please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Toni Jones

Project Coordinator

Toni Jones’s goal as the South Carolina NYTD Project Coordinator is to give youth the opportunity to be heard. She keeps in touch with youth in care, foster parents, group home staff, and caseworkers.

You may receive a phone call or email from Toni soon after your 17th, 19th, or 21st birthday to make sure you received the NYTD survey. She’ll also encourage you to send the survey back to the SC NYTD Team within 45 days of your birthday. And then she’ll send you a gift card!

Toni graduated with a master’s degree of social work from the University of South Carolina in 2002.  Before working on NYTD, she ran the Education Coach Program in Columbia, SC, and served as an educational coach. The program matched youth living in group homes with an education coach to work with one-on-one. Through this program, Toni learned about the challenges that youth in care face.

Toni welcomes your questions, concerns, and comments about the NYTD survey. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Louisa Vann

Research Associate

Louisa Vann is a research associate on the SC NYTD Team. That means that she records, monitors, and tracks data for NYTD. You may hear from Louisa if you are eligible to take the NYTD survey.
If you decide to take the survey over the phone, you’ll likely be talking to Louisa. She serves as a liaison for the youth we serve.

Louisa has an extensive background in working with youth at MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, SC and USC’s Healthy Lifestyle Clinic in Columbia, SC. She graduated with a master’s degree of public health from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and is a certified health educator. She believes NYTD is a powerful way to let youths’ voices be heard.

SC NYTD Graduate Assistants

Each semester, several graduate students at the University of South Carolina devote time and energy to NYTD. They enter data from the surveys, research resources, participate as youth advocates, and reach out to the community on behalf of youth in foster care.

The graduate assistants are at USC to study various topics, including social work, public health, English, and biomedical engineering. They are an important part of the SC NYTD Team.

Sheila Lilly

Administrative Assistant

Sheila Lilly works behind the scenes to make sure youth’s voices are heard clearly. In this capacity, she performs all administrative tasks for the daily business operation of the team. Sheila has more than 30 years of federal and state administrative experience in support of educational, medical, and community operations. She enjoys working on behalf of youth and is excited to be able to contribute to the SC NYTD project.

John Allen

Web Administrator

John Allen is the SC NYTD Webmaster. He makes all of the updates to the site and is on the multimedia design team. If you have any suggestions for the NYTD website, please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

#USCCOSW Latest Tweets

© 2017 University of South Carolina Board of Trustees | Privacy Policy