GLAD’s recorded webinar series provides information and resources for Massachusetts attorneys and advocates to help transgender youth in the child welfare system seek gender-affirming care.

How Lawyers Can Support Trans Youth in the Child Welfare System

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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Resources and related links:

Representing System-involved Transgender Youth

Our second and final webinar on January 19, 2022, covered gender-affirming care, name and gender marker changes, and tips for supportive representation.


  • 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

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Educational Resources


Affirming Healthcare Providers