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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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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 guidance, tips, and strategies for assessing agency culture and climate. 

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Find information about using collaborative practices and models across human service systems to better serve families dealing with co-occurring issues.

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

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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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Examine the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program's purpose, objectives, history, funding, and requirements.

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Learn how supervisors and program managers can assist child welfare caseworkers in conducting quality visits with parents.

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Explore coaching steps and tips supervisors can use to help workers strengthen skills and meet goals.

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Learn to prepare transgender children and youth for court and support them in the courtroom.