Farmington Hills event focuses on gender expansive children

An April 10 community event for parents, mental health professionals, school personnel and medical practitioners will focus on gender expansive children and how to support them. 

There is no charge to attend this event, hosted by Farmington Hills-based Stand With Trans, held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Orchard United Methodist Church, 30450 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills. A dessert reception is included.

Expert speakers include:

  • Dr. Dan Shumer, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Founder and Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic at Mott Children’s Hospital;
  • Sara Wiener, LMSW, Director of Mental Health Services within Child & Adolescent Gender Services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Director of Comprehensive Gender Services at Michigan Medicine; and
  • Antonia Caretto, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Farmington Hills with a specialty in gender related issues in adolescents and adults

Shumer will address the challenges facing parents of transgender children.

“They may feel like they are facing this challenge alone.  However, how they respond to this challenge really can be life or death,” he said. “The goal of our discussion is to affirm that this challenge does not need to be undertaken alone.”

In addition, parents who have young gender expansive children will answer questions and each will share a bit about their experiences as a family dealing with schools, community and home life. Sara Kaplan, an inspirational coach and speaker with two transgender children, will also speak.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation. To RSVP, write to roz@standwithtrans.org.

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