Kids Pride Gender Care
Kids Pride Gender Care Journey
Our Kids Pride Gender Care team has a multi-disciplinary approach that includes psychology, social workers, endocrinologists, and primary care physicians. Our goal is a supportive, pressure free environment so your child can explore their gender safely.
When you call for the first appointment you be asked questions and offered some community resources, also available here (LINK). One important question is about court ordered custody and medical power of attorney if the parents are divorced. You may be asked to provide a copy of the court paperwork.
Gender care starts with several behavioral health appointments where parents and the child discuss:
- Their developmental medical history.
- Thoughts and feelings about their gender identity.
- Their gender goals and interest in transitioning.
The environment is safe and non-pressured, to help exploration and expression.
The initial intake includes three appointments.
- First, the therapist meets with the parents to cover the history of the child and family, as well as to answer your questions and concerns about gender and possible transition.
- In the second session, the child meets with the therapist to talk about their feelings and experiences around gender and their sense of self.
- The third session generally includes the parents and child, to review what has been said and to discuss the next steps.
Endocrinologists specialize in all the hormones the body produces, including the hormones related to sex and gender.
The first endocrinology appointment includes a full review of both the child’s medical history and the family history, followed by a full physical exam and blood draw for lab work. The endocrinologist will explain the process and answer questions for you and your child.
The next appointment includes a review of the medical history and the lab results, along with discussion about treatment plans and goals.
Our care follows the latest guidelines from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Treatment plans are very individual. Some patients are monitored for a time, with appointments every 3 to 6 months. In some cases, a patient who has started puberty may be prescribed drugs to stop the process to allow more time for exploration. Older teens may become ready to start hormone treatment.