PA 10-157—sHB 5196

Human Services Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CREDIT PROTECTION FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE

SUMMARY: This act requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to obtain a free credit report for every foster child age 16 and older and review it for evidence of identity theft. If DCF finds any evidence, it must, within five days of receiving the credit report, (1) report this to the chief state's attorney and (2) advise the affected youth and his or her foster parent, caseworker, and legal representative, if any, about this finding at the youth's next biennial treatment plan meeting.

Under the act, DCF must ask for a free credit report within 15 days after a foster child turns age 16. For a youth age 16 or older already in foster care on July 1, 2010, DCF must order the first report by July 31, 2010.

The act also requires DCF to report to the Human Services and Appropriations committees by July 1, 2011 about its findings of identity theft found through the credit reports.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2010, except for the reporting requirement, which is effective on passage.

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