Gender Support Program
Your child’s process of developing their identity, including an understanding of their gender identity, is a journey that is unique to each individual. This is something we know well as pediatric and adolescent specialists. It’s why we offer care that’s tailored to each child and their family at Phoenix Children’s.
We are pediatric and adolescent specialists who care for patients 21 years and younger (however do not take new patients over 17 years of age).
Our outpatient services support the physical, mental and social health of gender-expansive children and youth. In the video above, Dr. Chulani begins to walk this journey with you!
Your Child’s Gender Identity and Expression
Every child has a different way of expressing gender and some may express themselves in ways that are different from what we expect. Many gender expansive children are comfortable with the sex they were assigned at birth. However, there are times when a child may assert a gender identity that is different from, or not consistent with, the sex they were assigned at birth. They may also say they’re not comfortable with their physical sex characteristics.
Every child has a different way of expressing gender and some may express themselves in ways that are different from what we expect:
- Gender-expansive youth: Children and youth who express a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with their sex assigned at birth.
- Gender questioning youth: Children and youth who are exploring and discovering their gender identities (example: “I was assigned a girl at birth, but I wonder if I am something other than a girl?”).
- Transgender youth: An umbrella term for children and youth whose gender identity is different from their sex assigned at birth (example: “I was assigned a girl at birth, but I am a boy!”).
We offer a complete range of services for patients with gender-related questions and needs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please check out our complete resource guide or contact us to learn about other service areas we support.
- Want a Second Opinion? — Chat, call or complete this form to request a second-opinion appointment.
- Your Child's Clinic Visit — Learn more about our services and what you can do to prepare for your visit.
- Resource Guide — Explore the list of valuable resources for youth, parents, providers and others.
- News — Check out articles, videos, papers and more on gender affirming care and support
Our nationally recognized physicians are dedicated to focusing on your child's unique needs in the following specialties: