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 (Washington, D.C.). Policy for Results.
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The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R.4980)2, signed into law September 29, 2014, attempts to expand the opportunities for youth in foster care to participate in developmentally appropriate activities such as field trips, sleepovers and other extracurricular activities. The law requires states to support the healthy development of youth in care through implementing a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for decisions made by a foster parent or a designated official for a child care institution. This standard provides designated decision-makers with the latitude to make parental decisions that support the health, safety and best interest of the child. These include involvement in extracurricular, cultural, enrichment and social activities, including opportunities for safe risk-taking, like those typically made by parents of children who are not in foster care. This resource was used as handout material for the White House Convening on Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults in Foster Care held on May 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.
foster adolescents; foster parents; guardians; parenting; decision making; youth development; risk factors; adolescent parents; gays; federal laws; guidelines; human trafficking; prevention