Welcome to the TransFamily Journey
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. —Carl Jung

It is estimated that there are nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as transgender. However, this is a moment in time when trans visibility and awareness is just beginning. In the U.S. and other places in the world, we are only starting the journey down the path to trans equality.

In every aspect of life—be it at home, in the workplace, school, or in the community—family and friends of transgender people also experience the complexities of gender identity, expression, and transition. Issues such as nondiscrimination policies, name and gender changes on legal documents, access to appropriate facilities, and securing healthcare/insurance coverage are but a few of the challenges that transgender individuals and their families face. When someone transitions, the impact of that decision ripples to the people closest to them and beyond. Everyone deserves support and access to appropriate information, facilities, and services.

Navigating these uncharted waters can be stressful and confusing, but you are not alone. I am here to guide you to a place of peace and serenity, no matter where you are along the journey.

~Kathie
Executive Director,
TransFamily Support Services

About US

Critical information for the journey
Mission Statement
Connecting transgender youth and their families to a strong and educated support system will do more than improve our community—it will save lives.

TransFamily Support Services helps youth and their families make the gender transitioning process the most positive experience possible.

TFSS provides services such as family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, navigating the legal system, and advocating for resources and support at schools.

At a systemic level, TFSS raises awareness and advocates for transgender acceptance in the social, medical, educational, media and legal communities.

  • Bullied

    Percentage of transgender youth that report feeling unsafe at school

  • Without Medical Care

    Percentage of transgender individuals unable to obtain medical care

  • Physical Assaults

    Percentage of students who have been physically abused because of their transgender expression

  • Suicide Attempts

    Percentage of transgender youth that attempt to end their life

What We Do

Navigation for the Journey
Family Coaching

Transitioning is a family journey. No one does it alone.  We can help you understand what to expect and guide you through challenges.

Family Support

Grief, loneliness, and fear are normal feelings along this journey. We can help you process and release the negative feelings to open space for positive experiences.

Education System Guidance

Navigating educational and social environments at school plays a huge role in reaching goals. We can show you how to gain access to appropriate services and facilities in these arenas.

Medical System Guidance

Endocrinologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other medical professionals play significant roles in treatment. We can show you how to get your transgender family member’s needs met.

Legal System Guidance

Legally changing names and changing gender on other legal documents requires work and diligence. We can show you the quickest, most effective routes for getting it done.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Meet the people behind TransFamily Support Services
Cheri Wood
Cheri Wood
President
Cheri graduated from UCLA undergrad and Loyola Law School, where she taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law for one year. She practiced family law and was engaged as pro bono counsel for a variety of causes. Cheri left her legal practice sixteen years ago to be a full-time mom. Since that time she has engaged in a broad array of community service work. Cheri has been a long-time ally and advocate in the LGBTQ community,
Connor Maddocks
Connor Maddocks
Vice President
In addition to Connor’s work with TransFamily Support Services, he is also the Coordinator of Project Trans with the LGBT Center of San Diego. He graciously volunteers his time with other organizations such as San Diego Pride, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Transgender Day of Empowerment. Connor spends much of his time training the San Diego community at-large in trans inclusiveness.
Kelley Keatly
Kelley Keatly
Secretary
Kelley Keatly is a supporter of youth as a mother and a teacher. She believes that all children, especially transgender youth, need adult voices to protect and encourage them. Kelley is committed to helping TFSS succeed in giving families hope and help.
Courtney Sorenson
Courtney Sorenson
Treasurer
Courtney is a tax attorney, currently working as a trust administrator. She received her LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida. Go Gators! Courtney attended Charlotte School of Law, where she graduated with her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude. She graduated from University of Arizona with a double major in History and Political Science. Go Wildcats! Bear Down! Courtney loves brindle dogs.

Testimonials

Shared Experiences

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. —Martin Luther King Jr.

Meet Sam. He’s a lot like many boys his age, with one big difference: He was born a girl. Follow Sam as he undergoes surgery and begins a new life.

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