Florida program model for placing foster kids
The Florida Department of Children and Families’ electronic system used for placing foster children across state lines is being used as the model in a national pilot project.
Florida has used the system since 2008. Officials say it significantly decreases the amount of time it takes to place a Florida foster child into a home with relatives or adoptive parents in another state. Florida processes approximately 3,000 requests for children to move in and out of state each year.
The database also saves nearly $100,000 annually in in postage and paper.
The American Public Human Services Association is modeling a national online system after Florida’s program. Six states will participate in the pilot program over the next several months. It will conclude in February 2015.