Kempe Offers Child Abuse Expertise in Doe v. Abbott



March 25, 2022

The Kempe Center, the oldest academic center in the U.S. focused specifically on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect joined the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in filing an amicus brief on March 18, informing the court in Doe v. Abbott that gender-affirming care is not, in itself, child abuse. On Monday, March 21, the Texas Third Court of Appeals reinstated the injunction to stop the state from proceeding with the investigations of children and families receiving gender-affirming care. 

“As the nation’s top academic center on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, the Kempe Center is compelled to speak out against the politicization of child abuse and neglect," said Warren Binford, Director for Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy, Kempe Center and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. "We are stepping forward as an amicus in this litigation to make both our individual and collective expertise available to the court so that it is familiar with the latest research about what is and is not child abuse. Gender-affirming care in and of itself does not constitute child abuse and should not by itself trigger a child abuse investigation. All available resources in child welfare are needed to support child wellness and strengthen families—not investigate families with children who are experiencing gender dysphoria and whose parents are seeking treatment from professionals for this relatively common, but complex, condition.”


Read the full amicus brief joined by Kempe and others

Read more about Doe v. Abbott


Any questions about this statement or the work of the Kempe Center:

Professor Warren Binford at or 916-719-7796.