Subject: 

  • Well-Being

Credit Hours: 

2.50

Normalcy Water Fight

Course Summary:

Youth in foster care often talk about feeling different from their peers. While the foster care system is intended to create safety for young people, it often can create barriers that cause young people to miss out on many rites of passage experienced by their peers. This course explores the efforts and importance to provide normalcy for foster youth.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Definition of normalcy with consideration from a youth perspective
  • System-imposed barriers to normalcy
  • Discuss and define normalcy activities with a youth through the use of a tool
  • New policy recommendations and policy trends being considered or implemented across the country

 

Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 2.5 hours

A: Watch the #FosterClubLeaders in the video below share their perspective about how to define normalcy:

 
B: Read 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: CLICK HERE
C: Read normalcy recommendations from the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council, a group of young leaders who spent time in foster care: CLICK HERE
D: Review the article, written by guest writer Lexie Güber, providing a young person’s perspective about why normalcy matters for foster youth: CLICK HERE
E: The Teen Success Agreement, created by foster youth, 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. Take a look at this tool: CLICK HERE
F: Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE
 

Course Discussion Question

In what way could providing normalcy benefit a young person and their over all experience in care?

  • My kiddo is so happy now that we have put her in soccer, taken her on vacations, etc. She feels like she is a normal kid getting to do the things her friends get to do. It really contributes to her maturing and growing. Her happiness has really escalated.

    By 3 days 16 hours ago
  • A child in foster care has had the "normal" life taken away from them. That must be very hard for them. To help them with their healing, a foster parent wants to give the child a "normal" life back. A foster parent should treat the child like they would treat their own child. Allow the child to visit friends, go on field trips , participate in sports or art or music lessons. A young teen will need to learn how to drive a car. They should be able to earn and budget money. They should also know how to shop for food and fix meals. Normalcy will assist them in the transition to adulthood.

    By 1 week 3 days ago
  • A child in foster care has had the "normal" life taken away from them. That must be very hard for them. To help them with their healing, a foster parent wants to give the child a "normal" life back. A foster parent should treat the child like they would treat their own child. Allow the child to visit friends, go on field trips , participate in sports or art or music lessons. A young teen will need to learn how to drive a car. They should be able to earn and budget money. They should also know how to shop for food and fix meals. Normalcy will assist them in the transition to adulthood.

    By 1 week 3 days ago

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