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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 HHS program and how to use them to improve outcomes for pregnant or parenting youth in out-of-home care.

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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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Learn about negotiating boundaries, communication, support, and normalcy from a young person formally in foster care and her adoptive parents.

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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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Assists agencies to evaluate how well the services in an area of their choice follow the Youth Welfare approach.

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Explores how to design, integrate, and implement financial capability services into existing programs targeted at youth who are transitioning out of foster care to help them manage their financial resources and avoid chronic financial instability. 

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Assists readers in exploring the Youth Welfare approach to service provision in the area of health care.

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Shares Stephen’s story about being a community-based provider and policymaker in Florida, the need for laws that empower caregiver decision-making, creating Florida’s reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS), and the effect RPPS and normalcy laws can have on foster care.

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Learn about the Youth Welfare approach, which outlines how agencies can shift from a child-focused system to a youth-focused system.

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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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Provides an overview of resources and strategies to enhance approaches for providing financial capability training for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. 

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Assists agencies to evaluate how well the services in an area of their choice follow the Youth Welfare approach.

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Suggests examples of service provision for youth in foster care in the area of financial literacy and describes how those services can be improved using a “Good-Better-Best” continuum approach.

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