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TransFamily Support Systems

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If you know of a group or facility which supports families of transgender children, please let us know by email.

 

California

Los Angeles

Transforming Family

“A Los Angeles based family support group creating a positive environment for children, adolescents and their families to explore issues of gender identity.”

Oakland

Gender Spectrum

“You are not alone—come share your experiences with other parents and family members. Gender Spectrum offers a monthly support and information group for parents of gender variant and transgender children. We meet regularly to discuss what gender variance means to our children and our families.”

Santa Cruz

Transfamily Support Group

We are a community of parents and families supporting our transgender children and each other through shared experience and the process of understanding transgender issues. Our meetings are generally for parents and support people. We also have family gatherings throughout the year that include our children and all family members. For more information email info@santacruztrans.org or call 831-251-7749.

Colorado

Boulder Area

TYES (Trans-Youth Education & Support of Colorado)

TYES began in 2008 with a family search for others so the children would not feel so alone in the world. Together we have created a vibrant community of families with school age, gender-non conforming and transgender children. Come join us at or monthly meeting or one of our social events. Call our TYES line for details. 720-443-7708

Illinois

Chicago Area

PTI (Parents of Transgender Individuals)

PTI is a sub chapter of PFLAG Illinois. Founded by Arlene Collins for the purpose of bringing together parents and families of transgender individuals in a safe and understanding place, the group includes parents of children from the age of 4 thru early 30′s. Here families can share experiences, be educated by speakers, and help other parents who are concerned about the issues facing trans youth . Meetings are held at the Center on Halsted, 3656 n. Halsted ave, Chicago, IL once a month on the 2nd Thurs. at 7pm. Any questions can be forwarded to PTICHICAGO1@gmail.com.

Michigan

Southeast

Gender Rainbow Playgroup (Write For Info) 

For families with children ages 4-12. Meets once a month and is an inclusive environment in which gender may be freely expressed and respected. It gives children and their families an opportunity to bond, share experiences, and develop friendships. For more information contact Genderplaygroup@gmail.com


Parents of Trans Kids (Call For Info) 

Based in Southeast Michigan, we are a group of parents raising gender variant children. We meet every 4-6 weeks for support, discussion, information sharing and family oriented activities. Started in 2011, we are organized by a local therapist who also hosts the Parents of Trans Kids facebook page. For more info contact Dr. Caretto or call (248) 553-9053.

Missouri

Saint Louis

TRANSPARENT

Transparent is a support group founded by two families who are raising transgender children, in an effort to give compassionate support to the people who love a transgender or gender diverse child. Gender diversity is a unique and challenging experience. TRANSPARENT aims to bring together families on this journey and take them from a place of isolation to a shared experience.

New York

New York City

Ackerman Institute For The Family

The Gender and Family Project (GFP) provides outpatient clinical services to families with gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. GFP is directed by Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, who has trained nationally and internationally on issues of gender and sexuality.”

 Stepping Stones

The Center, 13th St.
Meetings on 2nd Sat, 1:00 to 3:00

North Carolina

Durham/Chapel Hill

iNSIDEoUT

iNSIDEoUT is a youth-founded, youth-led organization that provides leadership opportunities & a safe space for North Carolina’s LGBTQISA-queer youth, both in & out of schools. By providing educational-, social-, & activism-oriented programs, iNSIDEoUT strives to form, strengthen, & network Gay-Straight Alliances while connecting & empowering youth, seeking to expand beyond the Triangle. iNSIDEoUT encourages you to become a part of our family & community.

Washington

Seattle

Seattle Children’s Hospital – Gender Diversity Parent Support Groups & Gender Odyssey Teen Group

Does your child prefer to wear the clothes of the “opposite” gender or insist that he is really a girl or that she is really a boy? Do you struggle with how best to support your child (of any age) while helping them stay safe? Is your child transgender or is this just a phase? You are not alone. Come join our support and information groups at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and share your experiences with other parents and family members.

    • Parent Group I – For families with children from ages 4 to 12. Meets on the first Sunday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. Childcare provided.
    • Parent Group II – For families with children from 13 to 20. Meets on the third Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Gender Odyssey Teen Group – For transgender, gender nonconforming and questioning teens. Meets on the third Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information to join these groups, contact Aidan Key at info@genderdiversity.org or 855-4 GENDER. Teleconferencing option available for out-of-state participants.

Olympia

Transyouth-transfamilies (TYTF)

The TYTF family support group meets twice monthly in Olympia, WA. Family support group provides support for parents or caregivers of youth who are trans* or gender non-conforming. For more information, please call/email Keylee Marineau at (360)464-7636 or tytfoly@gmail.com

Spokane

TransPlay & TransFamily Support Group

This group offers a playgroup for gender variant children (ages 4-13) once a month. It is supervised by a licensed mental health therapist. We also have mentors who identify along the gender spectrum for the children. A family support group happens at the same time. The support group is open to all with transgender family members. This support group is led by a licensed mental health therapist. There is no charge for either group.

In order to keep our children safe and protect our families’ anonymity we do require a screening interview to establish eligibility for the groups. Please contact Marybeth Markham at transgendercare@live.com or 509-795-6437. You can also find more info at www.marybethmarkham.com.