Representing System-involved Transgender Youth: Gender Affirming Care, Name and Gender Marker Changes and Tips for Supportive Representation

“Representing System-Involved Transgender Youth” will provide Massachusetts attorneys and advocates guidance on supporting transgender youth in the child welfare system, including:

  • Tips for representing transgender youth
  • A review of the new gender-affirming care policy released by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families this fall
  • Information on supporting transgender youth with name and gender marker changes



  • Catherine Cappelli, Principal and founder of Cappelli Law LLC
  • Connor M. Barusch, Criminal Defense Training Attorney/Trial Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Patience Crozier, Senior Staff Attorney, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Catherine Cappelli, Cappelli Law LLC. Connor M. Barusch, CPCS. Polly Crozier, GLAD.

Presented by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. Automatic closed captioning provided.

Missed part one of this event series? Skip down to find recorded highlights and resources.

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Missed the first webinar? Here’s what you need to know.

The first virtual conversation on November 15, 2021 detailed the essentials of gender-affirming care and how to support system-involved transgender young people. Watch a highlight featuring Dr. Mandy Coles, MD, MPH, Child and Adolescent Transgender Center for Health at Boston Medical Center.

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Check our webpage for resources mentioned in the recording and to find future videos from this series.