Promoting Well-Being Through The Reasonable And Prudent Parent Standard: A Guide For States Implementing The Preventing Sex Trafficking And Strengthening Families Act (H.R.4980)

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
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Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

Youth in foster care are often unable to participate equally in extracurricular, social, and cultural activities, even though research indicates that such participation promotes healthy development. This is due in large part to the ways in which states have defined their role as a child’s legal guardian or parent. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act attempts to expand opportunities for foster youth to participate in developmentally appropriate activities by implementing a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for decisions made by a foster parent or designated official for a child care institution. Two subgroups of youth who can be positively impacted by this new law are expectant and parenting youth in foster care and youth in care who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). In this brief, the authors offer recommendations on how states can improve outcomes for all youth in foster care as well as for expectant/parenting and LGBTQ youth in particular.

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