Mission & Vision
Our mission is to empower children and families to create supportive and inclusive environments in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. Our vision is to create a society in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.
Transforming Family meets once a month. We are a family support group for families with gender diverse children. We provide a supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore issues of gender identity.
Parents have the opportunity to discuss the challenging issues, raise questions, seek and share resources, and listen to the experiences of others. Our primary goal is to discover, by talking to each other and sharing our experiences, how families and community can best support our trans and gender non-conforming youth. We also open this group up to extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Siblings are welcome in the play group and in their own peer support group, as well.
Find out more about our programs here.
To ensure the privacy of the families attending Transforming Family, we do not publish the time, date, or location of our meetings. If you'd like to attend a Transforming Family meeting, please contact us and we will respond as quickly as possible. Once we've spoken, we will share the details of the meeting with you. Please visit our contact page for information.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, through its Center for Transyouth Health and Development, has provided transgender youth health services since 1996, and is the largest and most experienced clinical program in the United States. Our unique multidisciplinary care approach includes a dedicated team of case managers, psychologists and physicians who are committed to treating gender questioning and gender transitioning youth.
We currently provide services for approximately 400 youth between the ages of 4 and 25 who are gender questioning, preparing for transitioning or actively transitioning. Our transgender youth come from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds.
Transgender youth often have difficulty finding medical providers who are sensitive to their needs. In December of 2008, the American Endocrine Society published guidelines for the care of transgender people, including youth. These guidelines are the first of their kind to be released in the United States. Prior to the release of these guidelines, most practitioners who assissted patients in the transitioning process roughly followed The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care for Gender Dysphoria.
Medical services at the Division of Adolescent Medicine include evaluation of patients who are gender questioning for overall health and readiness for cross-sex hormone replacement or puberty suppression. Monitoring of essential blood work is ongoing, as well as regular visits with a physician to adjust dosing, monitor side effects and manage other medical concerns of patients.
For more information on CHLA’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development,
CLICK HERE or call (323) 361-5372.
We solicit charitable gifts through The CHAMPION Fund, which supports the youth programs of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
On the form, in the section marked "In Honor of"
please indicate that this gift is for Transforming Family.
Thank you so much for your support. We couldn't keep this going without you.