What Laws Require Normalcy? Know Before Saying “No”.
The legal framework governing normalcy for foster youth consists of federal and state statutes, regulations, state court rules, state agency policies, local court rules and local agency policies. The hierarchy of laws starts with federal laws (statutes, regulations and federal policies) to state and local provisions. Each level in this hierarchy controls the next level below which can provide more, but not less than the level above. In other words, lower levels cannot be more restrictive than the higher levels of government and or law, but the lower levels in the hierarchy can require or provide more protections than the higher levels.