Lurie Children's provides medical consultation, medical intervention (e.g., cross sex and pubertal delaying hormones) and health research with gender non-conforming youth across the developmental spectrum of pediatrics and adolescence. In 2013, we expanded our program to include mental health services, non-clinical support services and capacity building with other youth-serving organizations. Our services include:
- Comprehensive medical and psychological consultation for families with gender non-conforming, gender-questioning and transgender children and teenagers
- Routine consultation, administration and monitoring of medical treatments:
- To reversibly pause pubertal development among gender-questioning youth entering puberty
- To initiate gender affirming hormones among transgender adolescents
In addition to these services, we offer access to support services, including:
- Connection to legal consultation services (e.g., legal name changing, etc.)
- Trainings and consultation with school systems
- Ongoing play, socializing and support groups
- Peer to peer parent mentor program ParentWISE®
- Consultation for community providers and clinicians to enhance gender-affirming care
- A growing research program that aims to advance the understanding of gender identity development from childhood to young adulthood
- Vocal therapy (in collaboration with Northwestern University)
Support for Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Students in School
As school districts strive to include all students and celebrate diversity in school, a need for comprehensive gender inclusion on a systemic level has emerged. Schools and educators are working to support a growing population of transgender and gender diverse youth living as their affirmed gender identity. To address this, Lurie Children's and other collaborators created the Model Policy and Administrative Procedure to guide schools as they navigate how to support gender inclusion, something that is important for all students. Download the Model Policy and Administrative Procedure guide.
To find out more information about our program, call Jennifer Leininger at 773.303.6056 or e-mail Jleininger@luriechildrens.org.
We are also actively advocating for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in matters of public policy. View our policy statement.
TransMentor One-on-One Mentoring Program
Run through the Gender & Sex Development Program, TransMentor pairs trans, gender expansive, and gender questioning youth ages 13-20 with trans and gender expansive adults. Support includes weekly check-ins and bimonthly social events with a one-year commitment.
Learn more and apply for the program