Gender Pathways Services is a pediatric multidisciplinary approach to provide gender affirming care after a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is made by a licensed mental health provider (licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist). This can be obtained from a community mental health provider or in very specific situations, from a psychologist at Children’s Mercy. For more information or questions call (816) 960-8844 and a list of community resources can be provided.
Gender Pathway Services at Children's Mercy provides interdisciplinary, family-centered services for transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning children. Our services support the physical, mental and social health of young people and their families as they navigate the process of gender identity development.
As specialists in pediatric and adolescent development, we recognize that each person has a different "pathway," so we provide care that is unique to each family. Our goals are to keep families informed of their treatment options and to provide them with medical and emotional support, advocacy and community resources.
Our team of pediatric specialists cares for people with any gender variance. Our specialists work together to provide evidence-based care that is informed by the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines and Standards of Care proposed by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).
Who we serve
People who come to our clinic usually fall within one or more of the following groups:
- Gender questioning youth: Children and adolescents who are questioning their gender identities.
- Transgender, gender non-binary or gender-fluid youth: Children and adolescents whose gender identity is different from their assigned birth sex.
- Gender-variant: Children and adolescents who express themselves differently from traditional gender norms.