Maryland Hospital Association
kIDsafe was developed by the Maryland Hospital Association, an organization that advocates for Maryland’s hospitals, health systems and patients before legislative and regulatory bodies. Membership is composed of community and teaching hospitals, health systems, specialty and veterans’ hospitals, and long-term care facilities.
“Hospitals are committed to the health and welfare of all children, from pre-natal care to delivery and afterward,” says President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “That means caring for all aspects of their well-being, including protecting them from financial predators.”
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland Chapter
The Maryland chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of pediatricians who are committed to the optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being of Maryland’s children.
“Families rely on pediatricians as trusted advisors,” explains Dr. Scott Krugman, immediate past president of the chapter and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square. “When it comes to children, pediatricians’ goal is to protect them in any way we can; this is one more way to ensure Maryland’s kids are safe.”
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Maryland Office of the Attorney General
In 2012, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General helped secure legislation that enables Marylanders to place protective freezes on their children’s credit reports—the first law of its kind in the country.
“Identity thieves know no age limits; it is a crime of opportunity,” says Attorney General Brian Frosh. “Through this law, parents and guardians can protect children so they can start adulthood with a clean slate.”
The office’s Consumer Protection Division also works continuously to monitor child identity theft cases and assist victims.
Maryland State Delegate Craig Zucker (D-District 14)
Delegate Craig Zucker brought attention to the issue of child identity theft during the 2015 Maryland State General Assembly Session, a move that helped inspire hospitals and pediatricians to band together to stop child identity theft.
“This is a problem nationally and for Marylanders, and the efforts from all involved to spread awareness about this issue will go a long way toward eliminating it,” Zucker says. “We want Maryland’s families to take proactive steps to protect their children.”