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. 

November 12, 2015

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How normalcy is important to overall healthy development and well-being for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

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    What young people believe promotes or detracts from a sense of normalcy in foster care.

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    How the Strengthening Families Act can expand developmentally appropriate opportunities for young people.

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    What policy and practice already exists in some states that embrace normalcy for young people in foster care.

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