For just a day, I’m a foster kid

I’m a 2-year-old girl with big brown eyes and curly hair filled with lice.

I had been sent home from daycare several times because of my poor hygiene. The daycare called my mom — again — and when she didn’t show up on time, the daycare workers called the child abuse and neglect hotline. My mom never arrived that day and I wound up in the foster care system.

This is where my experience in foster care began.

I, along with about 20 politicians and community leaders, spent Friday morning participating in the Journey Home foster care simulation, hosted by Foster Adopt Connect (formerly Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association).

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