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Gay Parenting Goodyear AZ

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. Shannon Spellman
Veritas Counseling Center, LLC
(602) 863-3939
10640 N. 28th Drive, Suite B-202
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LISAC
Licensed in Arizona
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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David Phelan
(623) 330-3197
Litchfield Park, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dressner Counseling Services Inc Ira Liana Dressner Lcsw
(917) 725-5200
Dressner Counseling Services Inc17901 North Adobe Mesa Court
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Trauma and PTSD, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Native American, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Women's Issures, marriage, communi, Divorce, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

James Main
(623) 826-2543
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Barbara Baumgardner, PhD, RN, IBCLC
(623) 262-8915
1626 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 280
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
I offer a highly personalized approach, tailoring best evidence-based andresearch practices to your family''s needs.

Barry Aneda Jr
(623) 889-7458
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Women's Issures, marriage, communic, Relationship Issues, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

James Westly
(602) 469-7105
Glendale, AZ
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Joseph Bednorz
Glendale, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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AZ Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"Marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited"; Ariz.Rev. Stat. Ann. ' 25 101