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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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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.

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Use this guide for tips, and strategies concerning the critical role leadership plays in creating and sustaining positive organizational culture.

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Use this tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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Use this crosswalk to start thinking concretely about prevention planning as a change and implementation process. 

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Describes strategies to change staff attitudes, engage families in developing their case plans, and keep children in foster care connected with their families and community. Rosa, the parent partner, shares how she joined the team, what she does in her role, and how the workgroup is helping the agency improve the support and services provided to families.

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Shows strategies for child welfare staff to work with the court system to support family involvement. Joe, the Court Improvement Program lead, talks about his experience in the workgroup and the corresponding changes made in the court system to improve the support and services provided to families.

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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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Watch this video to learn more about state experiences building capacity for prevention.

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are selecting and implementing prevention programs.

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Watch this video to learn more about how a vision for prevention influences the development of a prevention plan.

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Watch this video to learn more about prevention planning advice and lessons learned from state child welfare leaders.

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Watch this video to learn more about state experiences communicating with partners about prevention. 

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are engaging people with lived experience in prevention planning.