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.