AFCC Webinars

DE&I Webinar: Affirming Family Courts for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth and Their Families:

Discussion and Best Practices for Family Court Practitioners

January 18, 2022
4:00pm–6:00pm Eastern US/Canada
Kate Kuvalanka, PhD, Camellia Bellis, Asaf Orr, JD, Esq.

This webinar will be one hour of lecture, followed by one hour of discussion

Affirming Family Courts for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth and Their Families: Discussion and Best Practices for Family Court Practitioners

Custody cases involving transgender/gender-expansive (TGE) children have garnered media attention in recent years. How do family court professionals work with TGE children and families when one parent affirms a child’s gender identity/expression, and another is unsupportive? Due to lack of familiarity within family courts, misinformation and bias have resulted in affirming parents losing physical custody and/or legal decision-making authority of their TGE children often with detrimental effects on the children. This webinar is designed for family court professionals engaging with transgender/gender-expansive children involved in divorce and child custody cases. Through presentations by experts in the field, case studies, and breakout room discussions, participants will learn about the experiences of affirming parents and their transgender/gender-expansive children involved in custody disputes, consider what affirming family courts look like, gain an understanding of the importance of affirmation of transgender/gender-expansive children, and consider implications for the "best interest" standard.

Presenters:

Kate Kuvalanka, PhD, Miami Univ. Oxford, OH
Camellia Bellis, MEd, Univ. of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
Asaf Orr, JD, Esq., Director of the Transgender Youth Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights

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