What Young People Need to Thrive

Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

November 13, 2015


This brief highlights the importance of typical experiences, or normalcy, to the overall healthy development of young people in foster care: how young people view normalcy and foster care — what they wish for, the barriers they face and their recommendations; suggestions for how to leverage the Strengthening Families Act for significant improvements in child welfare systems, creating a more supportive and normal environment for all young people; and strategies from the field that can serve as examples. 

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Key Takeaway

Maximizing a New Opportunity

Public systems are implementing the Strengthening Families Act in many different ways. This brief provides context and inspiration from the voices of youth themselves to help guide the actions of these systems.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations