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Gay Parenting Summerfield FL

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.

Mrs. Emily Martinsen
(352) 237-2050
1000 SW 26 St.
Ocala, FL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT NBH AAPH
Licensed in Florida
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Deborah Scrambling
(352) 362-3452
Ocala, FL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
English

Cynthia Grow
(352) 365-2243
Leesburg, FL
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Nancy Polites
Nancy Polites
(561) 401-9002
308 Tequesta Drive Ste. #1
Tequesta, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, EFT CERT-1
Licensed in California
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Phobias, Physica
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Susan Haynes
The Children's Home Inc
(813) 901-3401
5520 W. Idlewild Avenue
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Florida
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Laura Amatea
(352) 629-4525
Ocala, FL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Anna Addis
(352) 787-0081
Leesburg, FL
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Monica Arroyo
West Broward Counseling Center
(954) 358-5788
12505 Orange Drive Suite 907
Davie, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAP, SAP
Licensed in Florida
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Stress, Immigration/Newcomer, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Judith Sachs
(813) 205-8153
12108 North 56th Street Suite #F
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Florida
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Jane Pavich
Jane Pavich, LCSW
(941) 792-0802
6400 Manatee Ave. W, Ste. D
Bradenton, FL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Florida
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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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FL Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"(1) Marriages between persons of the same sex entered into in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, or relationships between persons of the same sex which are treated as marriages in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the State of Florida, the United States, or any other jurisdiction, either domestic or foreign, or any other place or location, are not recognized for any purpose in this state." AND "(3) For purposes of interpreting any state statute or rule, the term 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the term 'spouse' applies only to a member of such a union"; Florida Stat. Ann. ' 741.212