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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 leadership and facilitation. She has led trainings in a variety of settings including schools, social service agencies, health care organizations, and... Read More →
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Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW is a Clinical Supervisor on the Management Team at A Better Way serving children and families primarily in foster and adoption care. In addition, she is a Gender Specialist in Private Practice in Oakland, California and a Contract Supervisor for Rainbow Community Center in Concord, California. Jessie serves on the Steering Committee of the Gender Spectrum Conference and is a founding member of the Mind The Gap Group... Read More →

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

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