Credit Checks for Kids: New Law Aims to Protect Foster Kids From Alarming Rates of Identity Theft

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A provision in a new federal law requires states to run credit checks on older foster children and help them resolve any cases of identity theft. U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat and co-sponsor of the new law, says it’s “outrageous” that foster children would be further victimized by identity theft. As this Forbes article notes — and as we’ve covered in the past — states have done a poor job of protecting foster children from identity theft.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.