Community members get first-hand look at what it’s like to be a kid in the foster care system

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Foster care can be a confusing system for children and even adults, so to help members of the community better understand the system and how it affects children, FosterAdopt Connect put on a unique event Monday.

FosterAdopt Connect invited about 40 social workers, police officers and elected officials to journey through the foster care system themselves.

During the event, everyone received a trash bag and a picture of a child they would pretend to be for the morning, then they got on the bus to begin their journey.

Children going into foster care get 10 minutes to pack up all their belongings in that trash bag. Then they are interviewed by police officers, social workers, and the court system.

The events can be very traumatic, and FosterAdopt Connect says they hope by adults gaining a better understanding of what these kids go through, they can do a better job giving them what they need.

"We need people in the community to understand what it is like for a child who is abused and neglected, to come into foster care, the experiences they have," FosterAdopt Connect CEO and president Lori Ross said. "And not only do we hope to raise awareness so we can create a better community for our kids, but also that we can recruit some great foster and adoptive families.

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