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Gay Parenting Altoona PA

Becoming parents can be a big decision for gay and lesbian couples, with many factors to consider. Should you adopt, or get a surrogate or donor? What’s the best way to raise a child as same-sex parents? Check below for related information, products and services.

Mrs. Adana Hooten
Behavioral Medicine Center
(814) 414-8105
304 Frankstown Rd
Altoona, PA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Developmental Disability, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disab
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mark DeRubeis
(814) 943-0141
Altoona, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Janet Roarabaugh
(814) 241-0471
Roaring Spring, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Mary Lotspeich
Mary Lotspeich, Clinical Social Work
(570) 523-0601
210 N. Second St.
Lewisburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Com
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mr. David Gallick
(570) 574-2738
18 Pierce Street #205
Kingston, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LSW, LMFT
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Disorders, Sexual
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Gifted, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Heather Eichenlaub-Sapienza
(814) 944-9970
Altoona, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tracey Zuiker
(814) 327-7150
bellwood, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Helena Beatus
The Psychotherapy Center
(215) 579-7808
289 N. Sycamore Street
Newtown, PA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in New York
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Tra
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Liz Winter
Dr. Elizabeth A. Winter
(412) 443-4426
401 Shady Avenue Suite B-105
Pittsburgh, PA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Gender Ide
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Hillary Domers
Hillary S. Domers, MSW, MA
(610) 416-0318
1 Bala Ave. Suite 125
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbir
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Gay Dad - Parenting Information and Advice for Gay Dads

Useful Resource Sites for Gay Dads

While gay dads have always been around, the past couple of decades have seen them emerging from the closet. Owning up to one's homosexuality always requires courage. However, it is even more difficult for gay dads who may be concerned about the effect of their 'declaration' on their children. There is, after all, the very real fear that their children may become the targets of abuse from people with a prejudice against homosexuality .

These are some facts regarding gay dads:

  • With the legal and social stigma against homosexuality lifting, an increasing number of gay dads (and lesbian moms), who have been through a heterosexual marriage, have started coming out about their sexuality.
  • Over the last two decades, the number of gay men (and lesbian women), whether single or couples, who are choosing to have children outside socially approved marriage norms, in also on the rise.
  • Gay dads are as concerned about their children as heterosexual fathers-whether biological or adoptive-and work equally hard at providing them with a loving and secure home.
  • Gay dads (and lesbian moms) continue to come up against hostile attitudes to their parenthood. This is partly in due to a commonly held belief that children of gay parents are more likely to become gays themselves. Research has however shown that there is no truth in this assumption.

Resources for gay dads are amazingly slim. However, here...

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PA Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"It is hereby declared to be the strong and longstanding public policy of this Commonwealth that marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex which was entered into in another state or foreign jurisdiction, even if valid where entered into, shall be void in this Commonwealth"; Pa. Stat. 23 Pa. C.S.A. ' 1704