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Learn the definition and find information about normalcy and the reasonable and prudent parent standard in the PL 113-183.

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Read about the services available under two federal programs and how to use them to improve outcomes for pregnant or parenting youth in out-of-home care.

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See statistics on increased risks for LGBTQ youth and learn how child welfare systems can use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth.

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Get informed about creating normalcy for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care and browse relevant examples.

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Examine new software and technology innovations, which provide better, more integrated services and cut costs for states and jurisdictions.

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Examine a five-step framework that helps organizations promote youth engagement in normalcy conversations about the youth’s own care.

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Learn to facilitate a normalcy conversation and to promote normal and developmentally appropriate experiences for youth in foster care.

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Learn how to create an agency organizational culture that is inclusive and knowledgeable about the unique needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

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Examine the benefits of engaging youth voice in practice, peer support, and system-level change.

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This handout is part of the series, “Perspectives on Normalcy: Videos and Discussion Questions.” It is designed to facilitate discussion about the issues raised in the video, “Kinship Adoption: You Get a Call, ‘Do You Want These Kids?’”

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Hear about the challenges and experiences of an adoptive family and how they created belonging, healthy development, and normal experiences.

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Use this brief to help your agency coordinate strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting processes—such as the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)—with agency continuous quality improvement (CQI).

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Use this brief to explore actionable strategies for meaningful partner engagement in child welfare agency strategic planning, monitoring, and review processes.

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Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.