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Gay Parenting Blue Springs MO

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.

Ms. Lennis Marvel
Counseling Services, LLC
(816) 224-6500
1924 NW Copper Oaks Circle
Blue Springs, MO
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Missouri
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Diana Johnson
(816) 718-5887
2 N. Main, Suite D
Liberty, MO
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LPC
Licensed in Missouri
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

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Sandy Bookmeyer
(816) 509-6821
Blue Springs, MO
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Steven Holeman
(816) 739-0876
Independence, MO
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Kimberly Ekum-Anthony
(816) 525-5333
Lee's Summit, MO
Practice Areas
Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Linda Divine
Linda Divine, LSCSW, LLC
(913) 341-7447
8340 Mission Road Suite 230
Prairie Village, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSCSW
Licensed in Kansas
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Lawrence O'Renick
(816) 804-2839
Blue Springs, MO
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Chris Condra
Independence, MO
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

(Lonnie) Joe Holt , M.S., Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapy - Missouri & Kansas
(816) 581-3730
306 SE 291 Hwy,Office #4A & 4B
Lees Summit, MO
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Christian Counseling,Depression,Divorce,Loss or Grief,OCD,Parenting
Gender
Male
Education
MS Family Therapy: Friends University; BS Business & Computer Sciences: National American & DeVry Universities; Biblical Training: Friends Bible College; Certifications: Gottman Methods (Level II), Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR (Level II).
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Comforting Faith Counseling Services

Mrs. Rosann Sparks
(816) 659-1117
410-B SE 3rd. Street
Lees Summit, MO
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Depression
Qualification
School: Pepperdine University
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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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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MO Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"1. It is the public policy of this state to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman"; Mo. Stat. 451.022