LifeLock Sponsors National PTA Video Series in Celebration of National Foster Care Month
LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE:LOCK) , an industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, today reinforced its commitment to helping those who may be more vulnerable to identity theft during National Foster Care Month through the sponsorship of a series of videos on foster care youths. The videos were developed by National PTA. The move furthers LifeLock’s commitment to this at-risk group and builds on the company’s partnerships with community organizations Aid to Adoption of Special Kids and First Place for Youth through financial assistance and education programs. According the American Bar Association, it is estimated that as many as fifty percent of foster youth are affected by identity theft.1
“Identity theft disproportionately affects foster children because of the large number of people who have access to their personal information,” said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock. “One of the best ways we can help address this issue is to increase education about identity theft.”
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, National PTA, a partner of LifeLock, is providing information about the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care through its Every Child in Focus campaign, as well as celebrating all of those who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of foster children. Today, National PTA revealed that it has created a set of four videos as part of this program. One of these videos addresses the risk foster children face related to identity fraud.
LifeLock is also partnering with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK), a non-profit that recruits qualified families and mentors to care for foster children in Arizona, and with First Place for Youth, a California based non-profit whose mission is to help foster kids build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.
“We see young people with credit opened up in their names, where they’re in massive debt for things such as houses, utilities, or cars. People even get jobs in their names,” said Sam Cobbs, CEO of First Place for Youth. “Because they come into contact with so many group homes and social workers, relatives and foster parents, there is no shortage of opportunities for people to steal their identities. This is why we’re extremely grateful to partner with LifeLock to help educate service providers and advocates connected to the foster care system about some of the simple actions we can take to stay one step ahead of anyone who is trying to steal a foster child’s identity.”
As part of the commitment to help fight identity theft, LifeLock trains law enforcement and victim advocates and collaborates with a variety of non-profit organizations to help consumers establish positive habits to combat identity threats. LifeLock partnered with FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) to provide free training to law enforcement throughout the United States and has reached more than 11,000 law enforcement officials representing more than 4,000 agencies. LifeLock also partnered with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) to provide training to victim advocates throughout the United States. In 2014, LifeLock collaborated with National PTA to develop a curriculum that teaches good digital citizenship and online safety habits for children.
The full series of videos is available here.
LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE:LOCK) , is a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and consumer risk management services for enterprises. LifeLock’s threat detection, identity alerts, and comprehensive remediation services provide peace of mind for consumers amid the growing threat of identity theft. Leveraging unique data, science and patented technology from ID Analytics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, LifeLock offers identity theft protection that goes significantly beyond credit monitoring. As part of its commitment to help fight identity theft, LifeLock works to train law enforcement and partners with a variety of non-profit organizations to help consumers establish positive habits to combat this threat.
1 Krebs, Cathy and Amy Harfeld, “The Crisis of Child Identity Theft,” American Bar Association, November 21, 2011, http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/childrights/content/articles/112111-crisis-child-identity-theft.html.
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