Florida Law Lets Kids Stay in Foster Care Until 21

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A new law in Florida will allow children in the state's foster care system to stay until age 21.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed the "Independent Living Bill" into law on Monday.

Currently, there are about 2,200 young people in the state's foster care system and they all age out at 18.

But 70 percent of foster teens have not graduated high school or received their GED by the time they leave foster care.

The new bill will allow them to stay in the system and receive assistance from the state until they turn 21.

Foster care advocates applauded the move.

"It's hard when you're thrown out with a bag of clothes and say 'good luck, be successful,'" former foster child Victoria Jackson said. "This bill helps us say, 'Hey, we got your back.'"

"One of these individuals could be the next president, the next governor, might come up with a cure for cancer," Gov. Scott said.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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