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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.

Dr. Linda Crites
Linda S. Crites, Ph.D.
(443) 253-1660
2838 Hadel Dr
Marriottsville, MD
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Julieta Macias
Family Wellness Center
(240) 477-6396
15807-A Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C, Ph.D.
Licensed in Maryland
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Grief/Loss, Infertil
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracia
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:
Ms. Barbara Polonsky
LifePath Counseling Services, LLC
(410) 227-9074
5122 Aver Court
Columbia, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Iss
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Risa Garon
National Family Resiliency Center
(410) 740-9553
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway 2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121
Columbia, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE
Licensed in Maryland
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, 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:
Mrs. Rona Levi
(410) 730-5081
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 325
Columbia, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Joseph Orenstein
Montgomery Counseling Services
(301) 493-4931
21229 Virginia Pine Terrace
Germantown, MD
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Di
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Bernard Raiche, LLC
Bernard M. Raiche, Ed.D., LLC
(301) 404-4544
Olney Psychiatric and Counseling Center 2915-B Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Rt.
Olney, MD
Credentials
Credentials: Ed.D., L.C.S.W.-C
Licensed in Maryland
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Educatio
Populations Served
Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Wendy Berlinrood
Wendy M. Berlinrood, PhD., LCSW-C
(410) 526-6331
3 Blue Spruce Court
Reisterstown, MD
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LCSW-C
Licensed in Maryland
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gifted, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Nancy Craven
IN TREATMENT, LLC
(410) 504-3024
406 Main Street PO Box 596
Reisterstown, MD
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C, BCD
Licensed in Maryland
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, I
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Claire Wilhide
(240) 409-0932
Frederick, MD
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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MD Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

Both state law and the state's constitution appear to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages.