Target: Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Help teens in foster care obtain driver licenses
Florida legislators are currently considering two bills that would help make car insurance and driver’s education classes more accessible for foster care teens. It is currently quite difficult for children in foster care to obtain driver’s licenses. As this is a frequently overlooked issue, support for these bills is desperately needed.
Teens in rural area foster care have several obstacles to overcome. Not only are they facing the obvious hardships that come with living in foster care, but they are also somewhat isolated from outside opportunities.
Unable to obtain driver’s licenses, these teens often miss out on crucial engagements that could effect their future. In rural areas, students simply must have cars in order to get to college, which may be an hour or more away. Teens are also unable to hold down jobs if they have no means of transportation. This means less experience, less education, and potentially less success than teens who aren’t living in foster care.
Foster children have enough obstacles to overcome without transportation restrictions holding them back. Support these bills to help boost their chances of success.
Dear Governor Scott,
We wish to voice out support for the two bills to help foster children that are currently being considered in Florida. As the problems that these children face are frequently overlooked and under-publicized, we hope that you will give them the support they need.
The Department of Children and Families released a survey showing that only 88 out of 930 foster children had received their learners permit. Only 20 out of the 687 teens who were of age to drive had actually obtained a license. These statistics put the problem into perspective.
In North Central Florida in particular, life without a driver’s license is quite restricting. This issue does not only effect a small handful of people. According to the Partnership for Strong Families, there are typically 150 children in foster care in North Central Florida at any given time.
Since car insurance costs are so high for new drivers, and foster children are frequently moved from place to place, there must be special considerations made for their circumstances. Without the ability to get to college or hold down a steady job, foster teens are at a loss. Please pass this legislation to provide foster teens with the same opportunities that other teens have.
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