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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

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

Mr. Dave Stacho
A Better Solution Counseling
(941) 962-1216
4236 59th St. W.
Bradenton, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LMHC
Licensed in Florida
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Co
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Delene Iacono
Delene Iacono, LCSW, RPT-S
(813) 857-6438
14502 N.Dale Mabry, Ste.331
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RPT-S
Licensed in Florida
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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

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. Marilyn Cahn
Marilyn S. Cahn, LCSW
(954) 961-1500
3700 Washington Street Suite 304
Hollywood, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Florida
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Michele Leone
New Hope Counseling Center
(813) 727-9893
450 Lee Ave
Satellite Beach, FL
Credentials
Credentials: BSN, RNFA, MA
Licensed in Florida
4 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Tracey Rubenstein
Families By Design
(561) 994-7222
7900 Glades Road Suite 350
Boca Raton, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Florida
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), 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