Children • Adolescents • Pediatrics • Sex Development • Gender Identity
This specialized pediatric clinic operates two programs aimed at providing comprehensive, family-centered care for families of children and adolescents who need support in gender or sex development.
It is a multidisciplinary clinic generally offered twice a month. The team is comprised of 2 adolescent psychologists, one adolescent endocrinologist and two adolescent physicians who all specialize in gender diverse care up to age 25.
Gender development services are outpatient services aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as youth progress through gender identity development. Staff are specialists in pediatric and adolescent gender development who recognize that when it comes to providing effective care each client is a shade different. The goal is to keep families most informed of their treatment options and to support them with medical and behavioral health care along the way. These services are appropriate for gender non-conforming youth, gender-questioning youth, and gender fluid or transgender youth. For more information on this multidisciplinary support click here.
Sex Development services exist for youth who are not developing biologically along a path that is typical for either boys or girls. Difference of sexual development (DSD) can happen at different stages of development, beginning with the fetus. The clinic works to diagnose and treat. For more information about treatment click here.
People under the age of 18 must have consent from whoever has medical decision making rights in their life. The appointments are attended by the young person and parents, guardians, or other medical decision making rights holders.
Individuals should check with the hospital billing department to determine if their insurance is accepted. See Accepted Insurance.
- Medicaid accepted
- Private insurance accepted
- Children accepted
- Teens accepted
How to Apply
To find out more information or to request an appointment, call Jennifer Leininger at 773-303-6056 , M-F 9:00am-5:00pm, or e-mail Jleininger@luriechildrens.org. During a brief overview call services will be explained and basic demographic information will be gathered. Then an appointment will be scheduled with a social worker who will gather more details via phone and set an appointment. Youth can initiate the intake process, but guardians will have to be involved by the time the social worker begins.
The first appointment with the clinic is an hour and a half long and is an information gathering appointment. Doctors will devise a timeline and a trajectory of the young person’s gender identity and past medical history, including mental health hospitalization. The doctors will review paperwork with the family and the young person and then answer questions.Prescriptions are not given at the initial appointment.