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Strategies to Maximize Normalcy in Congregate Care: Making the most of the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

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With the passage of the federal Strengthening Families Act (SFA) in 2014, and in particular its Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard requirement, congregate care providers find themselves needing to make changes in the way they support youth in their care.
To inform and support efforts to comply with the new law, the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) and Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) convened key stakeholders from across the state for facilitated discussions on improving normalcy in congregate care settings. Attendees, including representatives from DHS, young people who have spent time in the foster care system, and congregate care provider staff, learned about the recent laws, adolescent brain development, and results of a youth survey before generating actionable steps that agencies can take to promote normalcy for young people in congregate care settings. This report summarizes those discussions and the policy and practice recommendations that emerged from this process.
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