Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University are partnering with IL DCFS to learn more about LGBTQ youth in DCFS care.
The study is ALLIED ( Advancements Leading to LGBTQ Improved Experiences in DCFS ), and the current project aims to understand the perceptions of adolescents in foster care regarding an assessment of gender identity and sexual orientation within the child welfare system.
They are recruiting self-identified LGBTQ youth 12 years or older who are in the custody and guardianship of Illinois DCFS for one-on-one interviews ( in-person or by phone ) lasting approximately 90 minutes each.
Food and travel reimbursement will be provided for those who meet in-person, and all eligible youth will receive a $25 for participating. The study conductors will travel throughout the state to meet youth at locations of safety and convenience for them.
Interested persons should call Elizabeth at 312-227-2595.