News & Perspectives

News & Perspectives

Providing Nurturing Care to Children is Not Child Abuse


Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate gender-affirming medical care as child abuse.

Child abuse is a serious matter with long-term implications for children that impact them well into adult life. The Children's Trust's mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, and we take seriously all allegations of child abuse and neglect. 

With that, let us be very clear: providing nurturing caregiving, including gender-affirming care, to children is not child abuse. 

Our programs help parents provide safe, supportive homes for their children, which includes supporting the important decisions their children make. 

We do not and will not condone policies that undermine a parent's ability to provide their child with the nurturing care they need.