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Two Educators Use Photos to Tap Into Untold Experiences From LGBTQ Former Foster Youth

Dr. Sarah Mountz of University at Albany
Dr. Moshoula Capous–Desyllas of California State University Northridge

"LGBTQ former foster youth are overrepresented in foster care. About 19% of young people in foster care identify as LGBTQ but we don't have enough research on why. That was our reason for using photovoice methodology. It places the power of representation in the hands of these LGBTQ young people to share their own lived experiences. Not everyone can articulate experiences in written or oral means. Providing a different means of expression allows us to tap into another layer of knowledge we might not otherwise have access to." - Dr. Sarah Mountz and Dr. Moshoula Capous

This mini-doc by Christian Quijano is based on the community-based, qualitative research of Dr. Sarah Mountz of University at Albany and Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas of California State University Northridge (CSUN). Through photovoice methodology, LGBTQ former foster youth of the Los Angeles foster care system tell their stories from their own perspectives.

To learn more about the work of Dr. Sarah Mountz and Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, visit From Our Perspective.
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