REPORT: How States Are Fleecing Foster Children

Mar 15, 2011, 12:30 ET from First Star

Advocates Document Confiscation of Foster Children's Assets by State Governments& Increase in Identity Theft

Federal Legislation Unveiled to Prohibit Abuse by States, Better Protect Identities

The report includes information on individual states

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by First Star:

WHAT: The Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law (CAI), in conjunction with First Star, will release a report entitled, "The Fleecing of Foster Children: How We Confiscate Their Assets and Undermine Their Financial Security," that details how state and federal policies leave many foster children without a financial leg to stand on. Legislation will be filed in Congress to prevent states from confiscating the assets of foster children and better protect them from identity theft.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: United States Capitol, Room H137

By phone via conference call  (877) 873-1192

WHO: The Honorable Pete Stark (D-CA) (schedule permitting)

The Honorable Jim Langevin (D-RI) (schedule permitting)

Robert Fellmeth, Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Institute and Price Professor of Public Interest Law, Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Former Foster Children Whose Funds Have Been Intercepted

Peter Samuelson, Co-Founder and President of First Star

Daniel Hatcher, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

Kriste Draper, Director, CAI's Homeless Youth Outreach Project

About The Children's Advocacy Institute

The Children's Advocacy Institute, of the University of San Diego School of Law, works to improve the health, safety, and well being of children. In addition to its academic component, CAI engages in regulatory and legislative advocacy, impact litigation and public education in order to ensure that children's interests are represented effectively whenever and wherever government makes policy and budget decisions that will impact them. Visit

About First Star

First Star is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit that improves the lives of America's abused and neglected children by strengthening their rights, illuminating systemic failures, and igniting reform to correct them. We pursue our mission through research, public engagement, policy advocacy, and litigation. Visit

SOURCE First Star