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      Truman students learn more about adoption through those who lived it

      Residential Life Group at Truman State University held an Adoption Panel as part of Adoption Awareness Week.

      Some Heartland college students had a chance to learn more about the topic of adoption Tuesday evening.

      The Residential Life Group at Truman State University held an Adoption Panel as part of Adoption Awareness Week.

      The panel included two adults who were adopted as kids, an adoptive parent, a social worker and a court representative who talked with students about the process of adoption and how it has affected their lives.

      Organizers put on this event to raise awareness of adoption and show a more positive side of it.

      "Well we are hoping they will walk away with more knowledge about adoption than they had coming in it really comes down to. So maybe any misconceptions that they have. I know one thing we are trying to do is demagnify the adoption process that there is a lot of hardships to it that people may not understand but also a lot of happy aspects that may go unnoticed," said Adoption Panel Moderator Clare Fielding.

      Truman's Adoption Awareness Week activities continue Wednesday with a showing and discussion of the movie "Despicable Me", a service night on Thursday where no-sew blankets will be made for foster kids and a dance fundraiser on Friday.

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