A congressman from Rhode Island wants state governments to do more to protect children in foster care from identity theft.
U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin is pushing legislation in Congress that would require states to run credit checks on foster children and help those who are the victims of identity theft. His bill also would prohibit states from putting Social Security numbers in foster care records to identify children.
Identity theft can be a significant setback for foster children, especially older ones, Langevin said. They shouldn’t have to struggle to find credit or fix ruined credit just as they’re leaving state custody to live on their own, he said.
Are you a foster parent? Do you want more information about how to protect the identities of children? Contact identity theft lawyer Micah Adkins at 1-800-263-9091 and request a free identity theft information kit.