Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:40

Law to Protect Foster Children from ID Theft Signed in Michigan

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that created the Foster Child Identification Theft Protection Act, which imposes requirements on caseworkers to ask for a yearly report designed to monitor credit-related activities for every foster child assigned to their care. The bill was passed unanimously by both the state's House and Senate chambers.

In 2014, over 17 million individuals fell victim to identity theft, and children in foster care are especially vulnerable to this crime. Their unstable environment, which requires them to move often from one foster home to another, allows many adults to have access to their personal information. In most cases, these children are unaware that their identities have been stolen until they are out of the foster care system years later and attempt to establish a credit history.

According to State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), the bill's author, the bill represents common-sense legislation; currently, there is no monitoring of the children's credit scores, and many have already experienced terrible things in their live, including abuse and neglect. The last thing they need, says Kosowski, is being victimized by identity thieves and having their credit ruined.

He went on to say that the state owed foster children the best start for their adult lives as possible, and that legislation will help them avoid the repercussions of identity theft, allowing them to apply for college loans or bank accounts without problems.

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