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Gay Parenting Urbandale IA

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.

Jessica Heidecker
(515) 274-9690
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kenya Randall
(515) 771-3672
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Erica Krolak
(515) 334-9484
Clive, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Families First Inc
(515) 280-3339
3811 38th St
Des Moines, IA

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New Life Counseling
(515) 225-4006
1441 29th St Ste 300
Des Moines, IA

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McCann, Diana Dougherty MA
(515) 255-3815
4715 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
Amy Jo Murray
(515) 244-2267
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Randal David Reynolds
(515) 992-2064
4401 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Depression, Marriage Therapy, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Western Michigan University
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Soul-Net
(515) 255-5250
520 Polk Blvd
Des Moines, IA

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Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic
(515) 254-1556
1201 63RD St
Des Moines, IA

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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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IA Legal Definitions of Marriage

Court Ruling

In April 2009, the State Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry; the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples that same month.