Your Child’s First Appointment at the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic

Scheduling an appointment

To request a new patient appointment with the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic, please call 267-426-5980 or email genderclinic@email.chop.edu.

Families will be contacted to complete an initial patient intake, which can be provided by phone or email.

If providing the information by phone, it is recommended that you find a confidential space to have this conversation. Our coordinator will work with you to arrange a time that best fits your schedule. Intake questions can also be answered via secure email to ensure confidentiality.

Please make sure you have updated insurance information on hand. Our clinic will contact your insurance company to ensure visits will be covered. We will provide you with any out-of-pocket costs (e.g., copay, deductible) prior to scheduling.

We accept a variety of health plans — private and public — and we will do our best to get approval. Should your insurance deny coverage, we can work with our financial coordinator and/or help assist with payment plans and/or financial support.

After the initial intake, you may request additional resources. We can provide book recommendations, support group referrals, and mental health referrals.

NOTE: At this time, the clinic is unable to provide ongoing outpatient therapy. However, we have an extensive list of gender competent and supportive providers. We can make referrals during intake and/or throughout our assessment process.

Initial assessment

To assess where your child or youth is on their gender journey, your family will meet with one of our assessors and Family Services Specialist at the Gender Clinic.

Appointments are scheduled for 90 minutes and families typically meet for a series of three separate appointments. During the 90 minutes, your provider will meet collectively with the family, and then will spend time individually with patient and parents/guardians.

You do not need to bring anything with you to your appointment. If we need to connect with current or past providers, we can arrange that during your appointment. A release of information for these providers will be required for youth (if 14+ years old) or parents to complete.

Based on what we learn, we will offer resources to best support your family in affirming your child or youth. This may include social and medical transition opportunities within the clinic, as well as additional resources within your community. Families have access to all of the CHOP Care Network primary care practices and specialty care centers.

Preparing for your appointment

Think about — and write down — any important questions you want to ask the doctor during your appointment. Writing these questions down will ensure that you remember to ask everything once you’re in the office.

Be prepared to answer questions about your family’s medical history, including what conditions and/or illnesses run in your family.

 

Questions?

All non-emergency questions may be emailed to genderclinic@email.chop.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply.