Identity Theft and Children in Foster Care
11/20/12 - 11/20/12
National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (More Detail)
||Online Event: 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
|Youth in the foster care system transitioning to adulthood may face a steep climb to overcome problematic family histories, graduate from high school, and learn to obtain financial security as they age out of the system. Imagine this burden multiplied when a young person discovers that her identity has been stolen by a family member, stranger, or even a trusted foster care worker. How will she apply for college loans, obtain an apartment, phone, utility service, or buy a functioning car to travel to and from a job? How can advocates and allied professionals help assist this young person in overcoming the risk of homelessness, poverty, and further victimization?
Speakers will include Steven Toporoff of FTC, Joanna Crane, Identity Theft Expert, and a panel of coalition coordinators including Anne Gargano-Ahmed, who coordinates the Wisconsin Identity Theft Coalition, Hazel Heckers, who coordinates the Identity Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado, and Sunrise Ayers, who coordinates the Idaho Coalition Against Identity Theft. The three panelists will discuss their coalitions' initiatives to train foster care parents and workers to detect identity theft and assist the young victims before they age out of the system.
This event is hosted by Merry O'Brien, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network.