Everyone deserves to be their best, most authentic self. For children and adolescents who don’t identify with their sex assigned at birth – such as transgender and nonbinary youth – gender-affirmative care can help enhance their overall health and feelings of self-worth.  

Levine Children’s Center for Gender Health is the first gender health clinic of its kind in Charlotte and one of only a handful in the region. Our care supports every aspect of your child’s gender identity – in a setting that helps them feel welcomed and accepted for who they are.

Our services

We offer a variety of treatment options for gender-diverse children, adolescents and young adults.

  • Pubertal blockers
  • Gender-affirming hormones
  • Mental health and family support
  • Readiness discussions
  • Referrals to consultants and surgeons as needed

What to expect

Once you or your child’s doctor has referred them to our clinic, we’ll begin addressing their gender healthcare needs.  

  1. Start with a 30-minute intake phone call. First, we’ll schedule a brief phone call with our clinical care coordinator to discuss your child’s gender health and hopes for treatment.
  2. Get connected to emotional support. If your child doesn’t already have a therapist, we’ll connect your whole family to emotional support before treatment even begins.
  3. Meet your care team. When you’re ready, we’ll schedule your child’s first medical appointment. This time will be used to talk about your child’s medical history, perform a physical exam and discuss the journey and next steps in gender-affirming care.
  4. Begin treatment. Once we understand your child’s overall health needs, we’ll guide them to an age-appropriate treatment plan that you all feel comfortable with.
  5. Continue to adult care. We provide gender-affirming care until age 25. From there, we’ll connect your child to a nearby medical provider specializing in adult gender healthcare.

Learn more about our children’s gender health services. Call 704-381-8382.

Why choose our Center for Gender Health

  • Highly personalized care. No two kids (or families) are alike. We determine your child’s treatment based on their age, gender identification and stage of puberty, as well as their personal and family needs.
  • Help with legal changes. Social support services include helping your child navigate the legal parts of their care, like changing their name or gender marker on identification.
  • Connection to specialists. From pediatric gynecology to endocrinology, your child’s gender health care team is connected to all 30+ subspecialties Atrium Health Levine Children’s has to offer.   
  • Mental health services. When who you are isn’t reflected on the outside, the challenges can be as emotional as they are physical. Mental health specialists teach your child healthy ways to cope with the changes they’ll face to their body and in their life.    
  • Support for patients. We offer support for patients as they get older, connecting them to local groups and helping them navigate issues related to siblings, friends and school.
  • Support for parents/guardians and siblings. Gender-affirming care can affect the whole family. We’re here to equip you with the resources you need to feel confident about your child’s treatment.
  • Highest standards of care. Everything we do is consistent with guidelines set by national and international professional societies, including World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Endocrine Society.

We know your child’s gender experience doesn’t stop when they leave our office. By educating families, communities and schools, we advocate to make sure your child gets the same level of respect and acceptance everywhere, as they do here.

Other resources

In addition to the support in our office, we connect your child to community and national groups, such as:

  • PFLAG Charlotte, a group committed to empowering LBGTQ individuals and allies through support groups, community events and workshops
  • Time Out Youth, a group offering a safe space and support services to LGBTQ youth and families
  • Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group, a group of medical and mental healthcare providers who provide support for gender-diverse individuals

Levine Children’s Center for Gender Health Location

Charlotte Teen Health Connection
3541 Randolph Road, Suite 206
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-381-8382

Find us within Teen Health Connection, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center. 

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