DENVER (CBS4) – Giving children in foster care a voice — that was the goal of a meeting Monday at the state Capitol.

Several former foster children met with lawmakers on the Colorado Children’s Caucus. They shared stories about how they succeeded in life despite challenges they faced in the foster care system.

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Monday’s focus was the importance of a stable learning environment for children.

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“Some kids go to 10 schools in one year. How are you supposed to make emotional connections with people? How are you supposed to find someone that inspires you?” said Tori Black, a former foster child. “How are you supposed to make a connection with someone who will help you into your future and stay with you when you only know people for a couple months or weeks before you move on to the next location?”

Several bills in the legislature right now deal with child welfare.

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Lawmakers in the caucus will use Monday’s input as they develop legislation.