Normalcy for children and youth in foster care Engaging in normal, age-appropriate activities and experiences is a critical component of healthy child development. However, experiencing abuse or neglect and being removed from a family to foster care is not “normal.” Although foster care may be safer for a child or youth,1 cultivating normal childhood experiences while in foster care is a challenge. Providing normalcy in foster care includes managing risk, giving children the opportunity to act like children, and encouraging the development of a child’s interests and strengths.
Below is the final report from the Normalcy Roundtable held on January 18, 2019. This report marks the beginning of a more concerted effort at the Children’s Commission to promote normalcy for all children and youth in care and I hope we can continue to partner to make that goal a reality.