Mothers in Transition

Mission

Mothers/Parents in Transition is a national organization dedicated to supporting parents of transgender/gender-expansive children in custody disputes with unsupportive ex-partners through collaborative research, education, and advocacy.

Vision

Mothers/Parents in Transition envisions family court outcomes that affirm transgender and gender-expansive youth, and their supportive parents.

Cammy Bellis

Founder

In 2013, Cammy Bellis founded Mothers/Parents in Transition and since then has helped affirming parents around the country engaged in custody disputes with unsupportive ex-partners. She earned a Master of Educational Psychology with an emphasis in social justice education in 2010.

She is the former director of the Transgender Education Program at Arizona State University, where she also created the first course of its kind on transgender youth and families. She has developed trainings on LGBTQ+ inclusion in health care, education, and law for the last 14 years and is the is the lead author of a toolkit for medical and mental health providers on navigating care for transgender/gender-expansive youth in family court cases and examining the social determinants of physical and mental health for this vulnerable group.

Cammy has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2020 Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) LGBT Health Professional Leadership Award. 

Resources

“Transgender Children and Custody Disputes with Cammy Bellis,” Ms. Renee Bauer Podcast, May 5, 2021 https://msreneebauer.com/47-transgender-children-custody-disputes-with-cammy-bellis/
Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o6bAqT_YJ0

Bellis, C. M., & Kuvalanka, K. A.(2021, September). ASK THE EXPERTS: Ten tips for family court professionals working with families of transgender/gender-expansive children engaged in custody disputes. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts eNEWS, Vol. 16(9). Available online: https://files.constantcontact.com/6beb60a3701/ff0a0611-3cee-4b52-aa66-a6f92ed5bf77.pdf

Kuvalanka, K. A.,& Bellis, C. (2021). Parents of trans children and youth, custodial issues. In A. E. Goldberg, & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Trans Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-encyclopedia-of-trans-studies/book270824

Kuvalanka, K. A., Bellis, C., Goldberg, A. E., & McQuire, J. K. (2019). An Exploratory Study of Custody Challenges Experienced by Affirming Mothers of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children. Family Court Review, 57(1), 54-71. https://doi.org/10.1111/fcre.12387

*Featured/highlighted in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Washington PostVoxMedium, the El Paso County Bar Association’s March 2019 newsletter, and Knies, Helland, & McPherson’s Attorneys at Law Parenting and Custody blog