Reducing barriers and paving the way for foster youth to obtain driver's licenses and state IDs
Nebraska Child Welfare Advocate Testifies on LB226
Sarah Helvey of Nebraska Appleseed testified before state legislators on LB 266, which allows youth in foster care who are over the age of 16 to contract for the purpose of purchasing a car or obtaining motor vehicle insurance, waives the fee for foster youth to obtain a driver's license or state ID, and allows caregivers to give permission to youth in their care to obtain a driver's permit. The bill also specifies that during the transitional planning for a foster youth over 14, information, planning and assistance should be provided to the youth on obtaining a driver's license. Watch here.
Fact Sheet- Foster Youth and Driving Act H.R. 2512
Going Places is a SPARC initiative aimed to improve state policies so foster youth can get their driver's licenses, class requirements, practice hours, access to cars, and insurance more easily.
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Youth Stories and Experiences
Read youth stories and testimony on why getting a driver's license is important to them and what it has enabled them to accomplish.
“My ability to have a driver's license and vehicle has been instrumental in my leadership development and personal success”
-Former Foster Youth, Arizona