Keeping Kids Safe from Identity Theft

Children in out-of-home care are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because their personal information is frequently shared with multiple agencies, caretakers and individuals, making it less protected and more accessible.

The Federal Child and Family Services Improvement Act followed by the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act require all children in out-of-home care are required to have an annual credit check and mandate a remediate process, as needed. The purpose of this training is to inform case workers of their role in keeping youth identities safe and correctly documenting remediation efforts.

This training will help you:

  • Become aware of contributing factors and consequences of identity theft for children in out-of-home care.
  • Understand the procedures for the completion of credit checks, the distribution of reports and the remediation process.
  • Understand the procedures for resolving inaccuracies, including communicating with businesses and credit reporting agencies.
  • Understand the federal requirements for providing copies of credit reports to a child 14 years of age or older.
  • Understand your role in protecting kids’ identities.
  • Engage in discussions surrounding financial literacy to educate children on the importance of a person’s credit.


Which Keeping Kids Safe from Identity Theft online course should I complete?

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I have a PDS Online Account

To complete the online course in PDS Online, log into your PDS Online account using this link to access this curriculum.

I do not have a PDS Online Account

Child welfare legal partners and fiscal agency staff may find this training helpful. If you work in a county or partner agency, do not have a PDS Online account and do not need one, complete this course by access the training on this page.