• January 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 1

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Helping Youth Access Credit Reports

For a young person transitioning out of foster care, poor credit can add to the challenges of getting an apartment, a bank account, or a student loan and achieving financial stability. A new reference guide provides child welfare agency staff with detailed information on accessing credit reports for youth in care and helping resolve common credit report errors, as required by Federal mandate. The guide—developed by the Credit Builders Alliance and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation—also presents tips on educating youth about the importance of building credit and protecting against identify theft.

Accessing Credit Reports for Foster Youth: A Reference Guide for Child Welfare Agencies, by Staci GoldbergBelle and Sarah Chenven, is available from the Credit Builders Alliance website:

http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={50BF110B-78E2-41E3-B109-580AB93F61F3}

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