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Gov. Scott signs bill giving foster parents more authority

Published:   |   Updated: April 11, 2013 at 01:47 PM

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law a bill that gives foster parents more freedom to make decisions for children under their care.

The measure (SB 164) changes foster care's legal standard to what a “reasonable and prudent parent” would do. That means caregivers can approve certain activities without the prior approval of the state's Department of Children and Families or the courts.

The governor said that the law lets foster parents sign off on their foster kids joining a soccer team and going on school field trips. The law also allows foster parents to teach teenagers how to drive.

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