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November 2012Vol. 13, No. 10Helping Youth Avoid Identity Theft

The Michigan Department of Human Services published an identity theft tip sheet for child welfare workers that describes identify theft and explains how it may affect youth involved with child welfare. Youth ages 18–24 are the most likely victims of identity theft, with those transitioning to adulthood from foster care at the greatest risk. It is important for transitioning youth to know the risks so that they can begin adulthood with a clean line of credit.

The tip sheet provides links to outside resources to help workers discuss identity theft with youth in foster care. Related topics discussed in the additional resources include information on obtaining credit reports, tips on what to do if your identity is stolen, and how to help defend against identity theft.

Identity Theft Tip Sheet for Child Welfare Staff is available on the Michigan Department of Human Services website: (29 KB)