Concept of Normalcy

Normalcy for Youth in Foster Care, 17:58

Children and youth in foster care are often burdened with laws, policies, guidelines and rules which restrict their activity and/or require cumbersome, and often lengthy, approval processes. Simple activities such as having a sleepover with friends or engaging in a sport or social club at school require approvals which often make it difficult for these children and youth to engage in otherwise normal activities. And while these youth will likely never have what would be considered a ‘normal’ childhood or adolescence –the fact that they are in foster care in the first place negates that possibility –it is possible to create more normalcy for these children and youth while they are in out of home care by establishing “reasonable and prudent parent” standards to allow foster parents and Caregivers more discretion in allowing these foster youth to engage in what would be considered typical childhood activities.