ID Theft Tied to Foster Care System


Imagine getting bills for services you didn’t get when still a teen — and then finding out when you’re 18 that your credit rating is already shot.

This Rhode Island TV station found three kids who went through that brand of identity theft. They shared two other things in common: All went through Rhode Island’s foster care system, and all believe the identity thief was a family member or close friend.

The station says a congressmen, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., plans to introduce legislation in Congress designed to protect potential victims of such crimes.

You’ll find more on WPRI’s investigation here.


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Ken Edelstein

Ken Edelstein is a veteran Atlanta journalist who has won more than 40 national and regional awards for his own work or for work that he edited. He's a visiting fellow at the Center for Sustainable Journalism, as well as the editor and publisher of Green Building Chronicle.

One thought on “ID Theft Tied to Foster Care System”

  1. That’s a scary thought. I was in foster care and looking back a lot of people did handle my important information. Foster kids need to be better protected.

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