• 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?

  • After listening to the youth it is important to make sure they feel as normal as your own children so they don't feel seperate or unequal or even not apart of. And they can be able to live a normal lifestyle by being a part of after school activities, sports, and able to play with others & feel normal.

    By 1 month 6 days ago
  • I believe foster children should be treated as much normal as you would your own children as much as you are able to.

    By 1 month 1 week ago
  • Children need normalcy in their lives to show them they are a part of the family and not an outsider. Showing them how much they are loved will help them grow into positive adults.

    By 1 month 3 weeks ago



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