The Keys to Independence program at Embrace Families removes barriers to getting a driver’s license for those served by the foster care system. This can include those placed in foster homes, group homes, relative and non-relative placements, extended foster care and post-secondary education support services.
When enrolled, the program helps young people navigate the process beginning with the 4-hour drug and alcohol course, learner’s permit, driving lessons and education, obtaining a driver’s license, and purchasing insurance.
In 2022, Keys to Independence expanded its program to include unaccompanied homeless young people in Florida. These young people are at least 16 year of age and found by their school district’s liaison for homeless children and youth to be an unaccompanied homeless youth eligible for services pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.