dad dads
Returning User? Login Here

Gay Parenting Buzzards Bay MA

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. Barbara Blair
private practice
(508) 457-7509
230 Main Street
Falmouth, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Postpartum
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
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:
Mr. Mark Dunay
Harbor Counseling Assoc., Inc.
(508) 746-8886
340 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, LADC1
Licensed in Massachusetts
36 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpers
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Chronic Illness
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:
Mrs. Christine M. Showalter
(508) 928-5149
184 A Jones Road
Falmouth, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Divorce
Qualification
School: Antioch NE Grad School
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Barbara M Maurer
(508) 928-5076
901 Main St
Osterville, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Stepfamily issues
Qualification
School: Auburn University
Year of Graduation: 1980
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$110 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Mrs. Christine M. Showalter
(508) 928-5149
Christine M. Showalter, LMFT27 Robert J. Way
Plymouth, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Divorce
Qualification
School: Antioch NE Grad School
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Phoebe Speck
Phoebe B. Speck, PhD
(508) 540-7107
225 Moorland Road
Falmouth, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobi
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Debra Golen
(508) 994-0848
222 Union Street Suite 300
New Bedford, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LMHC, LADC I, LSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Alzheimer's, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mary Katz
(508) 681-9444
Falmouth, MA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Judith Iadarola Caron
(508) 746-9121
Plymouth Psychotherapy146 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Divorce, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Westfield University
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

john austin, MA,LADC1,CADAC, CEAP, SAP
(774) 487-0824
76 w. maen st
Hyannis, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Life Coaching,Personality Disorders,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Male
Education
masters degree
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
cape cod addiction counseling

Data Provided By:

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...

Click here to read the rest of this article from GreatDad.com

MA Legal Definitions of Marriage

Court Ruling

In May 2004, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state's constitution guarantees the right to marry for same-sex couples; the state began issuing marriage licences to those couples that month.