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Friday, July 25 • 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Building Bridges: Working with Families of Gender-Expansive Youth in Child Welfare Contexts

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Frequently, families of gender-expansive youth struggle with their child's gender expression or identity. In some cases, this may be the reason the child has entered the system to begin with. Child welfare providers are often challenged by the need to support a child's authentic experiences of gender while at the same honoring a family’s own struggle with the issue. This session will examine ways in which child welfare professionals can balance these two aspects, developing language, resources and tools for helping both the young person and their caregivers move towards a closer understanding of one another's needs and perspectives. The session will also examine the degree to which differing levels of family acceptance, or lack thereof, can impact the ultimate health and well-being of a gender-expansive child.


Amy Cipolla-Stickles

Amy Cipolla-Stickles has long been involved in struggles for equity and justice for children and families impacted by the foster care system, transracial adoptees, teenage parents, LGBT and people who are financially unstable. Amy has more than 15 years’ experience in multicultural... Read More →
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J. Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Director of Community Based Clinical Services and Training, University California of San Francisco
J. Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW (pronouns "J"/she/her) has worked with children and families nearing twenty years. J. is a TransNonBinary identified clinician. Trained at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, J. serves as Director of Community based Clinical... Read More →

Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm PDT
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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