Jonna Mckone – Visions of Family
Visions of Family is a photography and storytelling project made by college students at Rutgers University who have experience in the child welfare system or with homelessness. These students come from a variety of personal backgrounds and experiences — all possess an extraordinary inner strength and resilience that, despite the challenges of being involved in foster care, have pushed them to become one of the minority of youth in foster care to be accepted into post-secondary education programs. The project shares these experiences in an exhibition as well as “guidebook” filled with photos and stories for foster care youth. The book will include individual chapters of photography, text and maps made by the students, collective chapters on the history of child welfare as interpreted by those who have lived it, as well as space for young people to engage directly with the book. The goal is to reimagine lives and futures, establish life narratives, challenge conceptions and provide alternatives views of family.