Apr 30, 2011 1:19 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Foster youth's stolen IDs getting more attention

DENVER (AP) - Foster children are often shuffled from home to home with their personal information passing through different hands over the years. Child advocates say that's a recipe for identity theft.

A Colorado law taking effect this summer seeks to address the problem by directing local courts that deal with foster youth to make sure children between 16 and 18 obtain a free credit report.

If there's a problem, cases would be referred to government agencies or nonprofits that can help clean up credit records.

Advocacy groups say it's common for foster youth to discover once they turn 18 that they have car loans, unpaid bills or mortgages in their names.

California and Connecticut have enacted laws like Colorado's, and Rhode Island congressman is sponsoring federal legislation.

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