Teens in foster care should have access to the same adolescent experience as every other teenager. Dating, working and learning to drive a car should be normal for youth in foster care. Unfortunately it is not.
Keys to Independence is an innovative program designed to provide youth in foster care this normal experience by giving them access to drivers education and a drivers license. The first state to embrace this concept is Florida.
The Keys to Independence Act authorized in 2014 by the Florida Legislature [F.S. 409.1454] recognized that a young adult will be less likely to be independent without a driver’s license. Embrace Families was selected to manage the development and implementation of this statewide pilot. As a result of this legislation, the Keys to Independence three (3) year Pilot Program, created to provide opportunities and solutions to help youth in foster care overcome barriers to learning to safely drive and obtaining a drivers license.