It is our goal to provide not just medical assistance and treatment but also resources for navigating issues like acceptance by families and peers after coming out, depression and anxiety, and safety and well-being.
The adolescent and young adult medicine team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital empowers and educates our patients in self-care and healthy decision-making. We serve adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 22, and offer comprehensive health examinations, including STI testing, pregnancy testing and support, substance use and abuse help, and self-injury care, among other services.
Our Gender Care Clinic provides gender-affirming medical care for gender diverse pediatric and young adult patients. The Gender Care Clinic consists of a multidisciplinary team of specialists from endocrinology, psychology and adolescent medicine.
A diagnosis and/or referral is not necessary to attend the Gender Care Clinic. Appointments are required.
Pediatric endocrinology can help children who may be experiencing gender dysphoria. For more information, visit our pediatric endocrinology page and find a “Safe and Affirming” provider at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital through Find a Doctor. Just start entering “LGBTQIA+” in the Find a Doctor search bar, and select from the specialty results listed.
For most adolescent endocrinology services, one parent or guardian signature is needed on a consent to treatment form.
The behavioral health team at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital cares for the whole child. This includes addressing mental health and physical health, gender identity, and personal, family, school and community needs.
Our experts combine biological, psychological and social approaches to create a personalized plan for each child based on their needs. These plans may include individual or group therapy for both children and parents.
To help parents navigate questions and support their LGBTQIA+ youth.
Resources for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth in West Michigan.
A guide to navigating the complex feelings associated with a loved one coming out.
Fact sheet on how parents can promote positive health outcomes for their LGB teen.
Find a provider that's right for you or contact our patient navigator for assistance.