Published: Aug 16, 2014 8:24 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Children and Families' electronic system used for placing foster children across state lines is being used as the model in a national pilot project.
    
Florida has used the system since 2008. Officials say it significantly decreases the amount of time it takes to place a Florida foster child into a home with relatives or adoptive parents in another state. Florida processes approximately 3,000 requests for children to move in and out of state each year.
    
The database also saves nearly $100,000 annually in in postage and paper.
    
The American Public Human Services Association is modeling a national online system after Florida's program. Six states will participate in the pilot program over the next several months. It will conclude in February 2015.

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