dad dads
Returning User? Login Here

Gay Parenting Staunton VA

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.

Thomas Arbaugh Jr
(540) 885-5105
Staunton, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Amanda Ohlms
(540) 949-7045
Waynesboro, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Erin Johnson
(434) 971-4747
Charlottesville, VA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Rita Davis
Rita L Davis
(757) 306-4232
641 Lynnhaven Pkwy Suite 204
Virginia Beach, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/P
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Bonnie Sobel
Bonnie R Sobel RN LCSW
(703) 969-7871
7643 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Credentials
Credentials: RN LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic
Populations Served
Twins, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Jennifer Hatter
(540) 649-5570
Staunton, VA
Practice Areas
Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Martha Stover Barlow
(540) 828-5358
Bridgewater, VA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Valley Pastoral Counseling Center
(540) 943-8722
300 Chestnut Ave
Waynesboro, VA

Data Provided By:
Dr. Vicki Kirsch
Vicki Kirsch, Ph.D., LICSW
(617) 306-7417
10195 Main Street, Suite N
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Attachment Disorders, W
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Linda Rubinstein
Creative Solutions
(703) 742-8696
The Atrium, Suite 12 11250 Roger Bacon Drive
Reston, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LLC
Licensed in Virginia
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Women's
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
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...

Click here to read the rest of this article from GreatDad.com

VA Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"A marriage between persons of the same sex is prohibited. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created by such marriage shall be void and unenforceable"; Va. Code ' 20 45.2