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ERIC Number: ED563824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
What Young People Need to Thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has spent 14 years working with young people with foster care experience, engaging them to help identify what they need to transition successfully to adulthood. Consistently, young people have emphasized that their foster care experiences are far from normal. What they need--but too often do not receive--is what their peers not in foster care typically have: parents to love and guide them; close relationships with their siblings, extended family members and other committed adults; a sense of identity and belonging; and daily experiences such as extracurricular activities, sleepovers, and time just hanging out with friends. This brief highlights the importance of normalcy to the overall healthy development of young people in foster care; how young people view normalcy and foster care--what they wish for, the barriers they face and their recommendations; suggestions for how to leverage the Strengthening Families Act for significant improvements in child welfare systems, creating a more supportive and normal environment for all young people; and strategies from the field that can serve as examples. The following are appended: (1) Florida State Department of Children and Families: Normalcy Guidelines Excerpts; (2) Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: Normalcy Activities for Children Excerpts; and (3) Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Texas; Washington