In this course, you can expect to learn:
The definition of normalcy, including insights from the perspectives of youth in and from foster care
System-imposed barriers to normalcy
Resources and tools to help discuss and define normalcy activities with youth
Policy recommendations and policy trends being considered or implemented across the country
Watch FosterClub Lived Experience Leaders share their perspectives about how to define normalcy in the video, Normalcy: Equal Treatment for Foster Youth.
Read the article "New Law Tells States to Seek 'Normalcy' for Foster Children" on FosterClub.org, which discusses a law passed in 2014 that requires states to make efforts to provide foster children with normalcy.
Read recommendations, "Improving Well-Being by Addressing Normalcy for Foster Youth" from the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council, a group of young leaders who spent time in foster care.
Review the article, "Among Foster Youth, A Need for Normalcy" written by guest writer Lexie Güber, providing a young person’s perspective about why normalcy matters for foster youth.
Review The Teen Success Agreement, created by foster youth. This tool is a written agreement that outlines age-appropriate activities, responsibilities, and life skills for youth ages 13-21 in the child welfare system, and how caregivers and child welfare agencies can support those goals.
Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
In what way could providing normalcy benefit a young person and their overall experience in care?
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