'Kansas Kids Matter' rally protests the state's foster care system

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A Topeka man took to the steps of the Capitol Saturday to protest the state's foster care system.

Randy Puett held a 'Kansas Kids Matter' rally to share his story and ignite change in the statehouse.

He said while his daughter was in the care of KVC, a nonprofit child welfare organization, she was taken to a different home every night, wasn't given a chance to shower and was bullied by other kids.

Puett said it was so bad, she ending up jumping out of a second story window to run away.

He said he was not told his daughter was missing until 10 days later.

Puett and others that gathered at the Capitol on Saturday, said the Kansas foster care system needs to change.

"I want to get the attention of these people," he said, "It starts right there, the whole thing starts right in this building with the governor and the lawmakers. They need to pass better bills, they need to fund these people with better funding to take care of these children instead of cutting funds. It's gotta stop."

Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan with the Kansas Poor People's Campaign said she believes bringing their voices to the Capitol will spark change.

"We know that the legislature begins again in January. This is a heads up, we're gonna be in your space talking about foster care and what we need to do," she said.

Puett said he will be holding more rallies in the future.

For more information, visit the 'Kansas Kids Matter' Facebook page.