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Gay Parenting Danville IL

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. Patricia Anderson
Possibilities in Healing, PC
(847) 323-4798
1580 N. Northwest Highway Suite 10A
Park Ridge, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCPC
Licensed in Illinois
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Patricia Esslinger
Patricia Ann Esslinger, LCSW
(312) 965-9991
25 E. Washington St. Suite 1922
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Mark Myers
Myers Counseling Group
(815) 308-3368
300 memorial Drive, suite 200
Crystal Lake, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,CADC
Licensed in Illinois
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal R
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Chronic Illness, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Angela Atwater
Angela Atwater, LCSW
(773) 456-9080
1165 N. Clark St. Suite 413
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Phillip Elbaum
Private Practice
(847) 948-8696
35 Greenbriar
Deerfield, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CADC
Licensed in Illinois
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Jana Bergfeld
Jana Bergfeld, LCSW, P.C.
(708) 373-5959
6601 West North Avenue
Oak Park, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Sharon Glass
independent practice
(630) 377-7615
18 S Fifth St
Geneva, IL
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Autism/PDD, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Educatio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight, Diabetes
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Patrick Ahern
Patrick J. Ahern, JD, LCSW, PC
(630) 587-6910
2210 Dean Street Suite O-1
St. Charles, IL
Credentials
Credentials: JD, LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Imp
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Twins, Step Families, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Gela Altman
(847) 710-8106
5225 Old Orchard Rd., Suite 1-2
Skokie, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Stress, Immigration/Newcomer, Sleep Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Karen Fergadis
Affiliated Clinicians, SC
(847) 438-2014
1217 McHenry Rd. Ste. 238
Buffalo Grove, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Manageme
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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IL Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"(a) The following marriages are prohibited: ...(5) a marriage between 2 individuals of the same sex"; IL. Stat. Ch. 750 ' 5/212