Child & Youth Options
There are two main services available for children and youth:
1. BC Children’s Hospital Transgender Care
The Endocrine Clinic at BCCH began seeing transgender and gender-questioning youth and young adults in 1998, and now has one of the busiest clinics in North America.
At BCCH, the team (EndocrinologistEndocrinologist: a doctor specially trained in the study of hormones and their actions and disorders in the body., Endocrine Nurse Clinician, and Social Worker/Counsellor)—working in partnership with community and hospital mental health professionals (Psychiatrists and Psychologists) and the BC Transgender Clinical Care Group—functions as a “clinic without walls” to deliver endocrine care (puberty blockers and hormone therapy) .
In general, the clinic will see patients only after the beginning stages of puberty, or later, until the age of 18. Ideally, patients will already have been evaluated by one of the community or hospital mental health professionals in BC who are experienced in working with gender dysphoria in youth.
How is care delivered?
Care is delivered according to the WPATHWorld Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): professional organization devoted to transgender health, whose mission as an international multidisciplinary professional association is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. Standards of CareStandards of Care (for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People): guidelines containing the recommended course of care for people seeking medical transition to their self-determined gender, published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). (Version 7).
How do I access this service?
Since we are a subspecialty clinic, it is necessary for a patient to be referred to us by a Family Practitioner or other physician. For more information on making a referral, please visit the BC Children’s Hospital Transgender Care website.
2. Three Bridges Youth Drop-in Clinic
If you are a youth under 25 years of age, then you can access the Three Bridges Youth Drop-in Clinic in Vancouver. The healthcare providers at this clinic have are experienced in working with individuals who are trans or questioning. Contact the clinic for more information:
Three Bridges Community Health Centre
1292 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1W2
Youth Clinic Drop-in Hours: Mon – Fri, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (except holidays)