New law aims to resolve ID theft among foster children
Children more at risk of ID theft than adults, study says
"Too often, this access is abused for everything from opening credit cards to fraudulently providing identification for criminal matters. Many foster youth do not learn that their identities have been stolen and their credit destroyed until they have exited care and apply for credit," the report said.
The 2011 report, "The Fleecing of Foster Children: How We Confiscate their Assets and Undermine Their Financial Security," says identity theft can have devastating consequences.
"Former foster youth may face problems finding safe and adequate housing; they may be denied loans for cars and other larger necessities, and they may be denied financial aid and the opportunity to attend college, all as a result of identity theft that occurred while they were in foster care."
Contributing: Associated Press
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