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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —  An electronic system used for placing foster children across the state used by Florida’s Department of Children and Families will be used as the model in a national pilot project.

Florida has used the system since 2008. Officials said 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 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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