MetroHealth’s KIDz Pride clinic provides a welcoming environment for gender-diverse children and teens, along with their families, to explore their gender identity while receiving affirming, comprehensive care.
We follow the latest medical guidelines set by World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) for those seeking gender-related services.
The KIDz Pride clinic offers comprehensive gender-related services, including:
- Behavioral health services
- Evaluations for gender dysphoria, which is the distress felt when one’s gender identity does not match one’s body or physical characteristics
- Supportive individual or group counseling to help youth and families navigate gender identity
- Assessment and treatment for depression, anxiety, or other behavioral health disorders
- Transgender youth services
- One of our providers may prescribe puberty blockers or hormone-affirming care, depending on age and puberty stage
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
All KIDz Pride appointments begin with an intake behavioral health appointment where you and your child can discuss:
- Their developmental history and other medical history
- Thoughts and feelings about their gender identity
- Any interest in transitioning
We provide an affirming environment so your child can explore their identity in a healthy, safe place.
Our providers may meet with parents and patients separately during the first two or three appointments. In these one-on-one sessions, our providers can get to know your family and your child better, while helping them confidently learn more about their sense of self.
After the initial appointments, we create a treatment plan based on the patient's goals, which may include ongoing behavioral health counseling, medical treatment for transitioning, or a combination of both.
To schedule a new patient appointment, call 216-778-8564 for Pediatric Endocrinology or 216-778-3745 for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology and let them know you are interested in the KIDz Pride Clinic. Appointments are scheduled with behavioral health providers first.
We recommend ongoing behavioral health assessments of your child or teen about their feelings and any concerns regarding their gender. One-on-one sessions and group sessions are options for your family and your child. We also encourage ongoing care with necessary mental health services.
No matter where you are in the journey of understanding your child's gender identity, our KIDz Pride team can provide critical resources. We believe in creating a safe space for children to explore their gender identity and helping families learn how to support their child at home.
If your child meets criteria to start pubertal suppression or medically transition, the next step would be an appointment with Pediatric Endocrinology. During this appointment, your provider will assess your child's physical development and provide information on options for hormone treatment, depending on your child or teen's age and physical development.
We work with your family to help decide when your child or teen is ready to receive hormone treatment.