New Federal Law to Protect Foster Children from ID Theft

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A congressman from Rhode Island says a new federal law to protect foster children from identity theft is just the first step to making sure foster kids begin adulthood with a clean financial slate.
      U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, a Democrat, celebrated the new law Tuesday with advocates for foster children in Rhode Island. It requires states to run credit checks on older foster children and work to resolve cases of identity theft before a child leaves foster care.
      Langevin says he wants to eventually expand the law to require credit checks for all foster children. He'd also like to prohibit child welfare agencies from using a child's Social Security number
to identify the child.
      Studies show foster children face greater risks of identity theft than adults or other children.