A system used by the Florida Department of Children and Families will be used as model in an upcoming national pilot project.

Officials say DCF's electronic system used for placing foster children across state lines will be used as the model for the project.

Florida has used the system since 2008, and 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.

Six states will participate in the pilot program modeled after Florida's system over the next several months. That program will conclude in February 2015.

The database also saves nearly $100,000 a year in postage and paper.