Foster youth often have difficulty participating in every day activities that facilitate their transition to adulthood, including after-school jobs, learning to drive, and sleepovers. Below find resources that address the real and perceived issues that affect normalcy for children and youth in out-of-home care. Resources include State and local examples.
Importance of Normalcy for Foster Youth
Alliance for Children's Rights (2016)
Discusses the ways in which normalcy promotes well-being and healthy development among children and teenagers involved in the child welfare system.
Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Juvenile Law Center (2015)
Provides information for States to enable the implementation of federal mandates regarding normalcy for children and youth in out-of-home care.
Removing Barriers to Everyday Experiences: Normalcy and Foster Care
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2013)
Offers practical guidance for States, child welfare professionals, and foster parents to help provide normalcy to children and youth in out-of-home care.
What Young People Need to Thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy (PDF - 1,843 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2015)
Provides the perspectives of children and youth in out-of-home care on everyday experiences and normalcy interventions to facilitate the improved implementation of normalcy mandates.
Why Normalcy is Important for Youth in Foster Care
Discusses the social and mental health implications of normalcy on teenagers involved in child welfare.
Letting Kids Be Kids: Promoting Normalcy for connecticut's Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 1,587 KB)
Connecticut Voices for Children (2016)
Discusses State-specific normalcy requirements and current child welfare practices.
Normalcy for Youth in Foster Care
Guides users through important considerations when making decisions for children and youth in foster care, including State-specific laws and normalcy considerations.