Parents and caregivers play a key role in ensuring that their children feel safe, loved and supported. Our team is also here to help. When a child experiences gender dysphoria (gender identity disorder), or exhibits cross-gender behavior, it is important that they have support from a professional and knowledgeable health care team as well as their family.
Health care expertise
Our experts in endocrinology and psychiatry work together to provide a comprehensive approach to care for children and adolescents up to age 18 in a gender-friendly atmosphere. These specialists also work with our adolescent medicine team to ensure coordinated primary care.
Care is individualized for each patient and may include:
- Letters of medical necessity for hormone treatment, school issues and/or surgery, as needed
- Medical hormone management
- Prescription medications
- Mental health care
- Referrals to peer and family support groups
- Educational materials
Family acceptance helps to protect transgender youth against:
- Risky sexual behavior
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Suicide attempts
Our team is here to answer questions and provide recommendations for books, groups and other resources for support and knowledge.
Appointments and locations
(804) 828-CHOR (2467)
We encourage families to seek support and knowledge to complement the care offered by our clinical team. We recommend the following resources.
- Side by Side
- Gender Spectrum
- He She Ze and We (Email Shannon McKay, facilitator)
- Family Acceptance Project
Resources, including the following books, are also available through the Children's Mental Health Resource Center, which is located just off the main lobby in the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
- The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
- The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney
- Transgender 101 by Nicholas Teich