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

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Addressed developmentally appropriate services for youth in foster care and identified best practices for Federal support of States and territories in implementing provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183).

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Explore the four thematic pillars necessary for organizational capacity that supports engagement with young people currently and formerly in foster care.

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Learn how to build capacity in each of four component areas to promote a culture and climate that encourages youth engagement at all levels of an organization.

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Learn about adolescent brain development, trauma-responsive care, and the importance of normalcy.