Essential Documents are the important papers that establish your identity. These consist of your birth certificate, social security card, and identification card. Foster youth are entitled to receive certain documents prior to aging out at 18 years old, including:
Foster youth should be sure to request these documents from their social worker, prior to leaving care.
For additional assistance, youth should contact their Regional Independent Living Specialist.
Youth currently in state’s care are entitled to a free certified birth certificate. Foster youth between the ages of 16 to 21, who are currently committed, can apply for a certified birth certificate by clicking here.
Youth who have aged out of foster care can purchase a birth certificate for $10.00 by completing a Birth Certificate Application and submitting it to Vital Statistics.
A Credit Report is a record of your credit history and activity. The state is required to obtain credit reports for foster youth starting at 14 years old until they reach the age of 18. Their social worker will let you know if their report indicates any fraudulent activity and will help them resolve the issue. Starting at 18 years old, youth should obtain their credit report each year to ensure it is accurate. They can do so free here.
Note: When obtaining your free annual credit report, your previous address will be listed as 275 E Main St. Frankfort, Kentucky 40621.
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