• Peer Relationships

Credit Hours: 


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 watching this video I find that is very important for especially teens to have normalcy. They want freedom and they want to be treated the same as your own children and not as another statistic. I understand that routines give them the stability they need to function but you have to allow them to learn from making those mistakes that normal children would. This is how we all learn. I appreciate the feedback that watching this video has given me. If we can help these great kids have more of a normal life then they will help themselves to have a great future as adults. They will never forget how they were treated growing up so make it special and normal for them.

    By 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Providing normalcy in a foster child's life will help them get thru the toughest time in their lives....being in foster care.

    By 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • Younger children are not as able to communicate their needs. I believe they benefit from the normalcy of an everyday routine, and being treated the same as your own children.

    By 3 weeks 5 days ago



I got an error or nothing happened when I clicked CLICK HERE! Disable your web browser's pop-up blocker: Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox.

How do I take the quiz? Click the green "Take the Quiz" button at bottom of page. If the button reads "Subscribe Now" you must purchase the annual subscription in order to take the quizzes and get credit hours for the courses.

I paid for a subscription, but I don't see the green "Take the Quiz" button. Make sure you are logged in to your account.