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Mental Health and Timing of Gender-Affirming Care Julia C. Sorbara, Lyne N. Chiniara, Shelby Thompson and Mark R. Palmert BACKGROUND: Gender-incongruent (GI) youth have high rates of mental health problems. Although gender-affirming medical care (GAMC) provides psychological benefit, some GI youth present to care at older ages. Whether a relationship exists between age of presentation to GAMC and mental health difficulties warrants study. CONCLUSIONS: Late pubertal stage and older age are associated with worse mental health among GI youth presenting to GAMC, suggesting that this group may be particularly vulnerable and in need of appropriate care.   October 2022
Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities Transgender children who have socially transitioned, that is, who identify as the gender “opposite” their natal sex and are supported to live openly as that gender, are increasingly visible in society, yet we know nothing about their mental health. Previous work with children with gender identity disorder (GID; now termed gender dysphoria) has found remarkably high rates of anxiety and depression in these children. Here we examine, for the first time, mental health in a sample of socially transitioned transgender children. Results demonstrate that socially transitioned transgender children who are supported in their gender identity have developmentally normative levels of depression and only minimal elevations in anxiety, suggesting that psychopathology is not inevitable within this group. Especially striking is the comparison with reports of children with GID; socially transitioned transgender children have notably lower rates of internalizing psychopathology than previously reported among children with GID living as their natal sex.  
Model Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy for Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Agencies This model anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy is for child welfare and juvenile justice agencies who wish to adopt a policy that would prohibit all forms of harassment, create a safe environment for all youth and service providers, and ensure that all youth have equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits provided by the agency.   2006
Model Policy:?Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex Youth in Confinement Facilities Shannan Wilber and Jason Szanyi The purpose of this model policy is to address operational practices that promote the safety, dignity, and well-being of TGNCI youth in confinement facilities. Although many of the provisions apply to all youth, the policy was created specifically to address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of TGNCI youth. The model policy is designed for broad application in a wide range of confinement facilities (e.g., detention facilities, residential treatment centers, shelter homes).   2019
Moving a Child Welfare System to Be More Affirming of the LGBTQ Community: Strategies, Challenges and Lessons Learned Megan Good and Shauna Lucadamo This report describes the challenges, successes and lessons learned that came with the work of shifting perspectives about LGBTQ communities in a local government organization. Much of the work was focused on affecting change in the child welfare system, but progress in that arena created ripple effects that continue to foster change in other areas of DHS.   June 2018
Moving the Margins: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care Kelly & Clark This train-the-trainer curriculum includes a 101 and a 201 section. Aimed at increasing providers’ sensitivity and enhancing their skills, the modules within the curriculum provide definitions, values clarifications, and a learning lab on LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care.   2009


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