Lousiana

 
 

From the Louisiana Foster Parent Handbook Part 7 § B:

The agency can give permission to the Louisiana Driver’s License Bureau for a foster child to obtain a learner’s permit or a driver’s license on a case-by-case basis.  Because the agency and the foster parents can be held ultimately liable for any damages caused by a foster child in any accident, the decision to permit a foster child to obtain a license or permit must be carefully weighed.  Consideration is only given to youth 16 years or older, who are participating in independent living services, who have completed a driver’s education course, and who are mature enough according to the foster parent, the worker, supervisor and District Manager to handle the responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving.  Only the District Manager may give final approval.  Following the District Manager’s approval, the worker would obtain the youth’s legal parents’ permission for the youth to receive his permit/license.

Before foster parents make a decision to permit a foster child to drive their car or another car, they should keep in mind that they can be held liable for any damages incurred.  The agency, because of its contractual agreements with the foster parents can through legal measures recoup any monies it has expended as the result of damages or injury caused by a minor foster child to foster parents; therefore, the agency must hold foster parents responsible for consistently, reasonably and adequately supervising the actions of a foster child under their care.

The general liability insurance policy for foster parents does not cover automobiles; therefore, it has been recommended by the agency’s Bureau of General Counsel that foster parents obtain $300,000 worth of liability insurance.  The agency cannot reimburse foster parents for the cost of the automobile insurance.  However, the foster child should be encouraged to help pay the cost of insurance through part-time employment.

In those situations where a biological parent signs for the foster child to get a license and purchases the car for the foster child, that biological parent is expected to purchase liability insurance in the amount of $300,000.

It is required that a foster child enrolls in Driver’s Education prior to receiving a driver’s license.  Payment of Driver’s Education classes may be approved as an education service.