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Gay Parenting Ludlow 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.

Mr. Jim Caldwell
Springfield Technical Community College
(413) 306-0914
Armory Square Bldg 16, Rm 131-Veterans Services
Springfield, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Massachusetts
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Daniel McLean
Private Practice
(413) 478-9526
48 N. Pleasant St., Suite 201
Amherst, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Maria Dye
(413) 584-1557
57 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
VANESSA L. ADAMS, M.Ed, C.A.G.S., C.H., C.P.C.- Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life/Health & Care
(413) 522-2815
Offices in Amherst and Orange Massachusetts,409 Main Street - Suite # 125 (
Amherst, MA
Specialties
ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,OCD,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Masters in Education & C.A.G. S.- Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology-Cambridge College, MA.Certified-National Guild of Hypnotists in Adv. Hypnotherapy in Medical/Pain Management, Smoking, Weight.Life/Health Coach
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Access Change

Cynthia Hartdegen
(413) 347-9946
30 Day Avenue
Westfield, MA
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Divorce, Relationship Issues, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Kerry Tuttle
Just Breathe Connecticut, LLC
(860) 436-8079
137 Hazard Avenue Suite 5
Enfield, CT
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Connecticut
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Trans
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, Obese or Overweight, College Students, Multiple Chemical Sen
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. Reed Schimmelfing
(413) 586-7454
104 Main Street Suite 201
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Maria Elizabeth LeBlanc, M.Ed, MSW, LICSW
(413) 695-3707
195 Russell Street, 2nd FL, Suite B9
Hadley, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, Springfield, MA and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. I have worked in hospitals o/p centers and crisis
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Maria E. LeBlanc, LICSW

Carlton Pickron
(413) 572-5272
Westfield, MA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

John "jack" Bonina
(508) 534-8209
104 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060104 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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...

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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.