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Gender Development Program Support Services

Our Services

As school districts strive to include all students and celebrate diversity, 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 Model Administrative Procedures to guide schools as they navigate how to support gender inclusion, something that is important for all students: 

To find out more information about our education program, contact Jennifer Leininger at 312.227.7721 or JLeininger@luriechildrens.org.

We are also actively advocating for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in matters of public policy. View our policy statement.

Housed within 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.

The Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children's Hospital hosts social groups for gender-expansive youth, as well as groups for the guardians of gender-expansive youth. Register here.

  • Play Group (ages 2-9) and guardians of younger youth: In-person BI-MONTHLY groups on the 3rd Saturday every other month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Pre-teen Group (ages 10-12) and guardians of pre-teen aged youth: In-person BI-MONTHLY groups on the 3rd Saturday every other month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Teen Group (ages 13-18) and guardians of 13+ aged youth: In-person 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
  • Be Strong (ages 13-18): This program is currently on hold. Please stay tuned! 

For more information contact Logan Pierce (He/Him/His) Program Assistant, Gender & Sex Development Program at LMPierce@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.7807

ParentWISE offers an opportunity for parents/caregivers from the program to connect with a trained volunteer who has first-hand experience in parenting a gender-diverse or transgender child.

We encourage parents/caregivers of established Gender Program patients to serve as volunteers to help support other parents.

View our flyer to learn more: English | Español

Legal Name & Gender Marker Change for Transgender Youth - Having a legal name or gender marker change can be an important step in the transition process for transgender youth. Because of this, Lurie Children’s has created a guide to help educate on the impact of legal name and gender marker changes for transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Click here to learn more about selecting your gender marker on the U.S. Department of State's website.

Community mental health clinicians collaborating with our behavioral health team have the option to join our Gender-Affirming Clinician's Collaborative (GCC), a group of gender-affirming behavioral health providers in the Midwest that meet quarterly via conference call to discuss complex cases and obtain peer consultation. To find out more about the GCC or to request an application to join please contact Janay Joyce, LCSW at jjoyceward@luriechildrens.org or 312.227.3779.

Our Community Programs team provides a variety of hands-on supports for LGBTQ+ inclusion and creating welcoming and affirming gender inclusive environments. Learn more here.

Below view a list of vocal training providers in the Chicago area:

Lurie Children’s Speech Therapy Program
Specifically request a Gender Program Voice Evaluation

This program is only available to patients who are already being care for in the Gender Development Program. To request an appointment with our Gender Development Program, please call 1.800.KIDS.DOC (1.800.543.7362)

Diane Robinson
Chicago Voice Center
1263 W. Granville Avenue #3
Chicago, IL ,60660

Kate DeVore, M.A., CCC-SLP
Total Voice, Inc.
Voice · Speech · Healing Arts
Chicago, IL

The Voice Lab, Inc.
2017 W Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618

Clarion Mendes
University of Illinois Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic
Champaign, IL

Insurance accepted. Telehealth appointments available.

Nathan Waller- Northwestern Medicine
MS in Speech, Language, and Learning
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208