One issue facing children and youth in foster care is a lack of "normalcy". They are unable to participate in everyday childhood activities that many of us take for granted. For example, a child in foster care is often unable to participate in a "sleep over". Teens in foster care cannot ride in a car with friends to the prom. It is often difficult for them to get a driver's license or have an after-school job due to transportation and supervision requirements.
In July of last year, Florida enacted a law fondly known as "Let Kids Be Kids" to combat this problem. Since it has been in effect, it has shown to substantially improve the lives of children and youth as a result of their increased involvement in a wider range of age-appropriate experiences. It has also provided foster parents with the decision making authority to create a normal home life for children in their care. For more information on the law, visit http://blog.casaforchildren.org/blog/foster-care/children-foster-care-parentingand-proposed/
What issues regarding "normalcy" do you see affecting children in foster care? How do you think we, as a community, can better advocate for these children and families?