Children in Foster care are at a higher risk of Identity Theft
Currently more than 10% of all children have had their Identity stolen. Children are 51 times more likely to be a victim of Identity Theft than an adult. (The FTC and the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime: “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft”.) More than 500,000 children will become victims of identity theft this year. Do not let your child become one of the victims.
Children in Foster care are even at a higher risk of being a victim of Identity Theft. Common sense tells us why. They have no dedicated protector. There is no parent worrying about them. There is no parent to see a warning flags that the child has become a victim Identity Theft, Sexual Abuse or Bullying. While a foster parent may see the signs, they do not have the gut instincts of the natural parent. They are not the mama and papa bear ready to fight all threats to their cub.
How you can keep your children out of the Foster care system.
Currently nearly 70% of parents do not have a Will. Either they do not realize the importance or their stretched to the limit budget does not have an extra $500. When most people think of Wills, they think of assets and money. For parents the most important function of a Will is “Custodial Rights”. The person you wish to act as your child’s guardian in the event of your death.
You may have a verbal agreement with your sister or best friend that you will take care of each other’s children if either of you die, but without a Will your children will be in Foster care for months. Your sister will spend thousands of dollars in attorney fees and court costs to get custody. Child custody laws vary from state to state, so you need to have your Will done by an attorney.
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Please protect your children by keeping them out of Foster care.