Gov. signs foster parents bill into law


Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that gives foster parents more freedom to make decisions for the children they take care of.

Scott signed the bill (SB 164) on Thursday. It 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 explained that the law lets foster parents sign off on their foster kids joining a soccer team and going on school field trips. It also allows foster parents to teach teenagers how to drive.

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