Boston Clinic Finds Higher Rates Of Adoption Among Transgender Children
On-air August 1, 2016, on WBUR 90.9 in Boston, MA
“Before I started seeing transgender kids, it would not have occurred to me that we might see more adopted kids,” said Dr. Daniel Shumer, who treated transgender kids at the GEMS clinic for three years before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to work in a similar clinic. Shumer and three co-authors have presented the data at a conference and submitted it for publication.
"Adopted people of all ages, especially children, are disproportionately represented in clinical settings," said Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of the book "Adoption Nation." "The majority of adoptions today are from foster care. Then add to those the children adopted from institutions abroad and you have a population who suffered early trauma, so of course, they are disproportionately represented in clinical settings."