• Well-Being

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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, 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?

  • Normalcy is a struggle of all children. I am a step father to three of my children, a biological father to three of my children and a foster father to three of my children. The best way I think you can provide any child with normalcy is by treating them with respect regardless of age. Talking and listening with each child improves the possibility of normalcy also.

    By 6 days 6 hours ago
  • Regardless of the child's situation of being in a foster home, they should be allowed to have as normal of a childhood experience as possible. Their ability to develop mentally and socially is crucial to their well being and success after they have aged out of the system.

    By 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • it always really bothers me that some foster parents like to brag about how they treat "all their children" the same, then one of the foster kids comes up and asks for something with "Mr. Smith can I". I understand teaching of respect and all that but why are we separating the kids before they get started. I get why mom and dad don't always work but a nickname or "pet" name could help them feel more like part of the family and less like a number

    By 3 weeks 1 day ago



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