D.C. council member Tommy Wells says foster children are particularly at risk for identity theft. Wells says wants to make it easier for them to start living independently with clean financial slates.
According to Wells, children in foster care are at greater risk for having their identities stolen because they're more transient, they aren't very financially literate, and many people have access to their personal information.
Wells says they sometimes find out about the theft years later. This is why Wells is proposing the Child and Family Services Agency request credit reports on behalf of children, before they "age out" of the foster care system at 21. Wells says that way, if there has been some form of identity theft, they can get the help they need to fix it.
There are about 2,200 foster care children in D.C.
Kavitha Cardoza reports...
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