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Looking In Unexpected Places for Funding Opportunities to Implement the “Normalcy” Provision Recently Outlined in Federal Law

State administrators and advocates are working to help implement the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Public Law 113-183), passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on September 29, 2014. One of the provisions that have garnered plenty of attention is outlined in Section 111, supporting normalcy for children in foster care. Often, youth in foster care are unable to participate in social or extracurricular activities; things their peers might take for granted. Attending camp or sleepovers, or participating in sport or social clubs through afterschool programs often require parental sign-off and funding to pay for the fees associated with such activities. Many people have advocated and research supports that these are normal, fundamental activities that promote the well-being development in teens. As such, the new law outlines a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” to allow more flexibility to caregivers who temporarily parent young people in foster care. Youth in foster care already feel alienated from their peers; this law outlines a priority and a vision for states to ensure that these youth be able to participate in age-appropriate activities as a way to promote healthy development and a sense of “normalcy”.  One concern over the new provision that has been highlighted is the lack of additional funding to pay for such activities....Read more here.(July 2015)