Move to give foster teen Keys to Independence puts Florida in spotlight

Orlando Sentinel

By Kate Santich

When he turned 16, Martavius Lowery watched wistfully as his friends and classmates got their driver’s licenses — and often, not long after, cars to call their own. But the Longwood teen — “Marty” to his friends — was in foster care. He had no way to take a driver’s education course, which wasn’t offered at his high school; no one to pay for his auto insurance; and certainly no one eager to buy him a car or even co-sign for a loan.

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