Jeannie Kee is an alumnae of the WA state foster care system. She is a passionate advocate of foster care reform, locally, nationally, and now internationally.
Jeannie is the alumni representative on the WA State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care, and Chair of the Normalcy workgroup appointed by the Commission.
She serves as an Advisor for Passion to Action, the International Foster Care Alliance (IFCA), and mentor to several foster care alumni and youth.
She is also on the advisory board of IFCA, and member of Amara Foster Care Alumni Advisory Committee.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative hosted the White House Convening on Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth and Adults in Foster Care. Here is a panel of experts talking about ways professionals can create an atmosphere around children in foster care that is as similar as possible to the experiences of other youth outside the system (an approach known as normalcy).
Published by Minnesota DHS Training. Children and youth in foster care need to experience the same types of developmentally appropriate and social activities that their friends, families, and classmates who are not in care experience. This new law permits foster parents, designated corporate foster care and residential staff to allow foster children to participate in normal childhood activities by applying the reasonable and prudent parent standard.