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Gay Parenting Wood Dale IL

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. Kristen Pryor
Northwest Community Counseling Services
(847) 551-9779
514 Market Loop Suite 104
West Dundee, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCPC, CDVP
Licensed in Illinois
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, 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. Susan Thorne-Devin
Choices, Inc.
(630) 858-1353
500 Roosevelt Road. #205
Glen Ellyn, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

Data Provided By:
Ms. Caroline Reitenbach
Caroline A. Reitenbach, LCSW
(847) 545-0400
2025 S. Arlington Heights Road Suite 112
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Donald Bensing
CONSULTANT
(847) 698-1772
1716 Park Ridge Pt.
Park Ridge, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in Illinois
42 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transiti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Susan Schiff
(708) 829-6023
1541 Clinton Place
River Forest, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Parenting
Populations Served
Disabled, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Patricia Anderson
Possibilities in Healing, PC
(847) 323-4798
1580 N. Northwest Highway Suite 10A
Park Ridge, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCPC
Licensed in Illinois
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Gary Schochet
Perspectives LTD
(866) 296-5262
20 N. Clark #2650
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Maryann Shepard
(847) 259-8685
637 E. Golf Road Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Illinois
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Katherine Juozaitis
Patrick Kennelly Ph D and Associates
(847) 310-8578
1340 Remington Rd Ste N
Schaumburg, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCPC
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Barbara Hayes
Barbara Hayes, LCSW,ACSW
(630) 668-5700
2100 Manchester Rd. Suite 975
Wheaton, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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IL Legal Definitions of Marriage

Statute

"(a) The following marriages are prohibited: ...(5) a marriage between 2 individuals of the same sex"; IL. Stat. Ch. 750 ' 5/212