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Having the Normalcy Conversation: A Guide for Discussing Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults in Foster Care
Explore the various aspects of the importance of normalcy for children and youth in care.
Capacity Building Center for States
Describes the importance of normalcy for children and youth in care; presents legislative requirements for a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” to promote normalcy; and provides guidance for facilitating a normalcy conversation, including exploring essential dialogue topics, key stakeholders to involve in discussions about normalcy, and tips for promoting a productive conversation.
Capacity Building Center for States. (2016). Having the normalcy conversation: A guide for discussing developmentally appropriate services for children, youth, and young adults in foster care. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Brandon Schlosser is a Young Adult Consultant for the Capacity Building Center for States. He spent several years in congregate care, a highly structured setting like a group home or institution with 24-hour supervision. Learn about Brandon's story.