An author of the leading transgender health association’s new guidelines for adolescents revealed that they have called Child Protective Services on uncooperative parents who did not affirm their child’s newly chosen transgender identity. WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) hosted a session about the topic. “Adolescent”Livestreaming was available online for Monday’s chapter at their annual conference.
🚨BREAKING NEWS: Ren Massey is the author of WPATH’s updated Guidelines “there are at least some Child Protective Service workers who are willing to enforce the need for affirmation by parents,”This can be used as a threat to parents who are hesitant about confirming their child’s trans identity. pic.twitter.com/388IxSoFjq
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Dr. Ren Massey, a trans-identified female Clinical Child Psychologist from Atlanta, Georgia, revealed during a Q&A session that calling Child Protective Services is a “resource”Clinicians should “enforce the need for affirmation by parents.”Massey suggests that simply informing parents about the possibility of contacting CPS could be sufficient to make them cooperate.
The Daily Wire Previous reportsAccording to the guidelines for 8th edition, released last Wednesday, the state may be enabled to intervene in order to assist with the child’s transition if parents do not affirm their child’s newly chosen identity.
“I had to make a call to Child Protective Services on a case and the Child Protective Services worker asked me about if some of the issues I was calling about were about the parents not being supportive or being emotionally abusive around gender identity issues,”Massey.
Massey appeared pleasantly surprised to learn that CPS workers in Georgia had intervened in instances where parents were hesitant to accept their child’s new transgender identity. “And that was educative for me to learn that in my conservative state there are at least some Child Protective Service workers who are willing to enforce the need for affirmation by parents at least with social transition needs, names, pronouns et cetera,”Massey. “So that may be a resource in states, provinces, regions, countries around the world.”
Massey suggests that threatening to call Child Protective Services on a parent who doesn’t affirm their child’s transgender identity may be all that is needed for the parent to cooperate with socially transitioning their child. “Even before making that call, letting parents know that if that’s true where you are practicing that might get their attention a little bit,”Massey.
WPATH’s New guidance also suggests that parental consent for minors to obtain medical treatments are recommended, but not required, and that the state may intervene when a parent refuses to affirm their child’s transgender identity.
“6.11- We recommend when gender-affirming medical or surgical treatments are indicated for adolescents, health care professionals working with transgender and gender diverse adolescents involve parent(s)/guardian(s) in the assessment and treatment process, unless their involvement is determined to be harmful to the adolescent or not feasible.” (emphasis added).
Additional information is provided by Statement 6.11 at Chapter 6 about adolescents: “Helping youth and parent(s)/caregiver(s) work together on important gender care decisions is a primary goal. However, in some cases, parent(s)/caregiver(s) may be too rejecting of their adolescent child and their child’s gender needs to be part of the clinical evaluation process. In these situations, youth may require the engagement of larger systems of advocacy and support to move forward with the necessary support and care (Dubin et al., 2020).” (emphasis added).
You will find the following information in the Appendix “Summary Criteria for Adolescents”This further shows that parents need to be involved, unless they are deemed ineffective. “harmful”Or “not feasible” to their child’s medical transition. “Involvement of parent(s)/guardian(s) in the assessment process, unless their involvement is determined to be harmful to the adolescent or not feasible.”
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