South Dakota


From the SD Foster Parent Handbook

Obtaining a driver’s license is a part of growing up. Children in foster care who wish to drive must take Driver’s Education. Topics for discussion between the foster parents, the youth and the Family Services Specialist include maturity, responsibility, grades of the youth, insurance, what vehicle will they drive, vehicle maintenance, cell phone/texting while driving, etc.

The parent should be the first resource to consider assuming responsibility and providing insurance coverage for the youth. In some cases the foster parent may assume responsibility and provide insurance coverage. This is not an agency expectation. It is important to note if a foster parent signs for the child, they are assuming responsibility for the minor’s actions as a driver. In all cases, the FSS should be consulted when a child has an interest to drive.