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.

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On May 1, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 60 into law. This law allowed Keys to Independence to become a permanent program.
Embrace Families was once again selected to manage the program for the entire state.
The project reimburses youth and caregivers for the costs associated with driver’s education, driver’s licenses and other costs related to getting a driver’s license as well as motor vehicle insurance.

    Results:

  • 3321 applicants for duration of the program, with 75% of applicants still enrolled.
  • 1000 youth have obtained a learners permit
  • 500 youth have obtained a drivers license
    Data as of March 2019

Embrace Families has been contacted by at least six (6) other states to gather information on the legislation, implementation, cost and outcomes of the project.

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