Support offered to families and parents with transgender children from the Gender Centre .
Finding out your child is transgender is often an experience that leaves you as a parent wondering “where do I go to find out how to support my child”.The Gender Centre has a case work support program that works with families. This involves access to our counsellor's for the family as well as a case worker. The model that we offer is flexible. Sometimes families identify that they need individual support and in this instance a case worker is allocated to parents and a separate case worker is available to support your child. At other times families identify they prefer to work collaboratively and want to see only one case worker together. Either option is available and is one which is discussed in the initial meeting you.
On your first visit you would meet with a senior case worker to discuss how the Centre can support you. Information and a list of services that would also be helpful to you will also be provided. At this time case workers will be allocated to your family based on how you identify you would like to receive support and the senior worker will make sure that you are aware of who your worker(S) are and their rostered days in the office.
Counselling is available also in the same way as the case work. Parents may access a counsellor and the child may access the centres second counsellor. However this model is only applicable if your child is over 16 years of age. If your child is under 16 counselling can only be provided at the centre with parental or care givers consent . Links to other individual counsellors and specialists for young people under the age of 16 can be provided at the original intake case work meeting.
Source material for the above http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-children-and-youth-understanding-the-basics
If you live in regional NSW support is still available to you. Call the Gender Centre to discuss your needs and support options.
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