VT: DCF email inadvertently shares foster parents’ personal info

Email errors are still not a thing of the past.

Shelby Cashman reports:

A registered Department for Children and Families foster parent who wants to remain anonymous says she feels violated. Her personal information, including Social Security number, was inadvertently emailed to 34 other foster parents by the Newport family services division of DCF.

She is not the only one compromised. DCF says a total of 66 foster parents’ information was disclosed to 34 email addresses, also foster parents. DCF says the information was accidentally sent a month ago and the Department notified the 66 people Tuesday. The foster parent says she is upset that it took DCF a month to disclose the mistake.


DCF says they will provide free credit monitoring and fraud protection for one year to all whose information was shared. However, this foster mother says someone has already tried to open up a credit card in her name four times and she no longer trusts DCF.

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