Gender and Sexuality Development Program

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing the highest-quality gender-affirming care to our LGBTQA+ patients and families. In light of recent events in other parts of our country, we stand with our colleagues at other children’s hospitals and transgender and non-binary (TNB) youth and their families across the globe. We invite you to call on your senators to pass the proposed expansions of the Equality Act as a key way to ensure protections against state laws that target TNB youth. For more information, please see the Children’s Hospitals Associations’ Statement of Support for the Health and Well-being of Transgender Youth.

The Gender and Sexuality Development Program offers psychosocial and medical support for gender nonconforming, gender expansive and transgender children and youth up to age 21 and their families. Our multidisciplinary team, led by Nadia L. Dowshen, MD, and Linda Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC, includes specialists in gender identity development from Social Work and Family Services, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, and Behavioral Health. We work with your family to best meet the needs of your child or youth who is transgender or gender nonconforming. We also provide consultation and training for providers and organizations interested in learning how to better serve the needs of gender nonconforming youth.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Opens Gender and Sexuality Development Program in New Jersey

How We Can Help

The Gender Program offers a variety of services based on individual and family needs. Our services include:

  • Comprehensive gender assessment
  • Gender affirming medical care
  • Monthly support groups
  • Insurance advocacy
  • Legal support
  • Lending library for parents, children and adolescents
  • Connections to local stylists and salon owners who are LGBTQ friendly
  • School, church, community, and healthcare provider trainings
  • Referrals for ongoing outpatient therapy and/or psychiatric treatment

Our Team

The GSD Program's multidisciplinary team offers a variety of services to provide the best care for children, youth and their families.