Gay and Lesbian Parenting Choices: From Adoptiing or Using a Surrogate to Choosing the Perfect Fatherby Brette Sember McWhorter
Creating a family is one of the greatest joys a couple can have, but gay and lesbian couples face unique challenges when they wish to become parents together. Gay & Lesbian Parenting Choices provides a complete explanation of the many ways gay or lesbian couples can create a family and the legal hoops they must jump through as part of the process. Written by/b>
Creating a family is one of the greatest joys a couple can have, but gay and lesbian couples face unique challenges when they wish to become parents together. Gay & Lesbian Parenting Choices provides a complete explanation of the many ways gay or lesbian couples can create a family and the legal hoops they must jump through as part of the process. Written by an attorney in an-easy-to-understand style, this guide provides a comprehensive look at the options available to gay couples and offers advice and information on how best to proceed.
Different types of adoptions-international, domestic agency, state agency, private, and facilitator-led-are discussed, in addition to open versus closed adoptions. Special emphasis is paid to the considerations and concerns gay adoptive parents face, such as how to tell whether an agency is gay-friendly and whether both partners can adopt simultaneously or must use a two-part process. Advice is offered on finding an agency and dealing with the home study.
Gay & Lesbian Parenting Choices also considers the wide variety of assisted family-building choices, including donor sperm and insemination, egg donors and surrogates, as well as new technologies on the horizon. Consent laws, fertility procedures, choosing donors or surrogates, finding fertility clinics that are gay friendly, and advice about how to make sure your family is legally protected are also covered.
Other parenting options such as foster care and adopting your partner's child are included, in addition to family protection measures such as wills and medical consents, getting cooperation from schools, finding support for your family, and talking about your family with your child.
This complete guide helps gay and lesbian prospective parents choose the path to parenthood that will work best for them and offers advice and support as they journey towards becoming a family.
Brette McWhorter Sember is a retired attorney and mediator who has authored 17 self-help books, including The Complete Gay Divorce and Gay and Lesbian Legal Rights. Her work has appeared in more than 140 publications, including Divorce magazine, American Baby, Writer's Digest and Home Business Journal. She is a contributing writer for ePregnancy magazine. She lives in New York State with her family.
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