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Gay Parenting Council Bluffs IA

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.

Mr. James Holt
Umoja Counseling
(402) 805-1499
4613 N. 45 Ave
Omaha, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Nebraska
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Anger Management
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Irene Lines
Lines Counseling
(402) 212-9400
11330 Q Street, suite 222
Omaha, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Nebraska
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Jann Schnoor-Strutzenberg
(402) 650-2521
Council Bluffs, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Cathie Keister
Council Bluffs, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Denise A Brown Nebeker
(402) 880-8197
Omaha, NE
Practice Areas
Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Glen Fineman
Associated Counseling Professionals
(402) 334-1122
12818 Augusta Ave.
Omaha, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Nebraska
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, St
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Lynn Anderson De Mott
Psychological and Counseling Services
(402) 330-1537
12728 Augusta Ave., Suite 150
Omaha, NE
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Nebraska
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientatio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
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:
Patricia J Salvo-Lawrence
(712) 256-7511
Council Bluffs, IA
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ryan Suhr
Omaha, NE
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Michaela A Laufenberg
(402) 515-5048
Omaha, NE
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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IA Legal Definitions of Marriage

Court Ruling

In April 2009, the State Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry; the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples that same month.