Governor signs foster care independent living bill

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Governor Rick Scott

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Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 05:03 PM.

ORLANDO — Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill extending the age that dependents can stay in foster care. The age, formerly 18, is now 21.

The law requires a transition plan be made for those leaving foster care. In addition, it requires the Department of Children and Families to provide 17-year-old foster youth with the necessary information, records and documentation for self-sufficient independent living.

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