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Normalcy for children in foster care in the time of coronavirus

Mary Elizabeth Collins (School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Sarah Baldiga (Rise Above Foundation, Northbridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Article publication date: 27 November 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020




This paper aims to describe how a sense of normalcy for young people in foster care can be critical to their well-being.


This paper reports on policy and practice efforts in the USA to promote normalcy for youth in care. The authors review policy that promotes normalcy and report on one organization's efforts to support these goals.


COVID-19 has offered profound challenges to the goal of normalcy. Rise Above has adapted to meet the challenges.


The authors argue that COVID may also offer opportunities to build toward a more robust paradigm of normalcy within child welfare policy and practice.



Collins, M.E. and Baldiga, S. (2020), "Normalcy for children in foster care in the time of coronavirus", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 215-219.



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