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Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples
     

Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples

by Eric Rosswood, Melissa Gilbert (Foreword by), Charlie Condou (Introduction)
 

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Same-sex couples are faced with many different options when choosing to have children today. In Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood, author, activist and father Eric Rosswood guides and helps prospective LGBT parents to explore these five popular options: Adoption, Foster Care, Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy and Co-Parenting.

Each section includes a

Overview

Same-sex couples are faced with many different options when choosing to have children today. In Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood, author, activist and father Eric Rosswood guides and helps prospective LGBT parents to explore these five popular options: Adoption, Foster Care, Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy and Co-Parenting.

Each section includes a description of the specific family-building approach, followed by personal stories from same-sex couples and individuals who have chosen and gone through that particular journey. The appendix contains important legal issues to consider and questions to ask before deciding to move forward, along with a list of reasons why people may choose each of the five family-building paths and the challenges they may encounter.

Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood provides a unique combination of inspirational firsthand accounts combined with the critical information, tips and advice needed to help couples successfully navigate the complex road to parenthood.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/15/2016
With marriage equality now legal throughout the country, a substantial rise in the number of families headed by LGBTQ parents may be expected. Activist and stay-at-home dad Rosswood focuses his book on five options that same-sex couples can consider for growing their families. Short descriptions of each are accompanied by inspiring personal narratives from parents who candidly share their experiences with readers. The five paths described here are open adoption; foster parenting; surrogacy; assisted reproduction, in which one person in a same-sex relationship carries the child to term; and intentional co-parenting, which involves people in platonic relationships. Rosswood succinctly outlines the series of sometimes difficult steps demanded by each choice, and the first-person stories illustrate the emotional commitment necessary, as well as the accompanying interviews, evaluations, costs, and legal requirements. Appendices include a short checklist of legal considerations and some questions to ask of yourself. This supportive and helpful volume is full of warmth, encouragement, and advice, and it’s a good place for prospective parents to start. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"...is a well researched guide for LGBT people thinking about parenthood....answer(s) the questions that LGBTQ prospective parents might come across. OutBoise Magazine

Brave New World - Part Two of Our Look at Same-Sex Adoption "...helps same-sex couples navigate the various paths to parenthood: adoption, fostering, surrogacy, assisted reproduction, and co-parenting. He shares the experiences and wisdom of others who have already completed the journey." - Queens Family, Manhattan Family and Brooklyn Family - NY

Featured in Publishers Weekly - Parenting, THE HARMONIOUS HOME - Article in January 18, 2016 issue

"This book is a valuable resource not only for those couples or individuals that are approaching parenthood, but also for LGBTQ service providers that want to become more aware of the challenges that same-sex couples face when making these decisions. Through real life experiences and passionate stories this book is a true game changer. Once you've read it, I'm sure you'll be recommending it to everyone you know." - Max Disposti, Executive Director, North San Diego County LGBTQ Resource Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882825144
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
03/15/2016
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
718,131
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Eric Rosswood is an LGBT activist with a prominent role in the gay community. A former Chapter Leader for Marriage Equality USA and previous member of SF GLADD's Leadership Council, Rosswood was also a Board Member for San Francisco Pride, whose annual event is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. He and his husband, Mat, adopted their son through open adoption. He is now a stay-at-home dad and writes for the award-winning news and opinion site, The New Civil Rights Movement, which focuses on progressive politics and global civil rights with an audience of over 21 million monthly.

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