Organizations Supporting
Gay & Lesbian Parents

© February 24, 2009, Demian


These organizations and Web resources assist couples who care for children, or hope to. Some are dependent entirely on volunteers and may be slow to respond to inquiries.

Organizations
Web Resources

—— Organizations ——
Adopt A Special Kid (AASK)
8201 Edgewater Drive, #103, Oakland, CA 94621
888-680-7349; 510-553-1748; fax 510-553-1747; info@aask.org
aask.org
Provides complete, no-fee foster and adoption services to Northern California families interested in helping children in the foster care system. Offers fee-for-service home studies and other services for families wishing to adopt children from outside of the system. AASK welcomes and embraces all families, including single, married, partnered, and GLBT parents.
Mission Statement: “Adopt a Special Kid believes that every child has the right to a safe, stable and nurturing home and that all children are adoptable. Adopt a Special Kid provides education and support services to adoptive and foster families and children. We promote positive changes to benefit children who are in the child welfare system.”

Center Kids
Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center

208 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011
212-620-7310 x228
gaycenter.org/program_folders/Families/program_view
Available: Resources for Gay Men and Lesbians Interested in Parenting. Lists adoption agencies, alternative insemination resources, attorneys, books and organizations. Mostly N.Y. area.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
3543 - 18th St. #17, San Francisco, CA 94110
415-861-5437; fax 415-255-8345; colage@colage.org
colage.org
Newsletter, resources for those with a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered parent.

Donor Sibling Registry
P.O. Box 1571, Nederland, CO 80466
303-931-1509; wendy.kramer@yahoo.com
donorsiblingregistry.com
Assists individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. Advocates for the right to honesty and transparency for donor kids, and for social acceptance, legal rights and values the diversity of all families. While a non-GLBT specific organization, it is committed to GLBT civil rights, equality, and diversity. Estimates that one third of its membership are GLBT-headed families.

Family Equality Council
(formerly called Family Pride Coalition, Gay & Lesbian Parents Coalition International, and Gay Fathers Coalition)
P.O. Box 206, Boston, MA 02133
617-502-8700; fax 617-502-8701; info@familyequality.org
familyequality.org
“All loving families should be recognized, respected, protected and celebrated. We believe that families are not truly defined by blood relationship, but instead by love and commitment. … We recognize and believe that the laws, provisions and ordinances that hurt LGBTQ-headed families also hurt so many others — single parents, blended families, families of color, etc. To that end, Family Equality Council is standing strong to defeat anti-family legislation and promote pro-family legislation.”

Parents & Family Services - L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-860-7397; fax 323-308-4004; familyservices@lagaycenter.org
lagaycenter.org/site/PageServer?pagename=YW_Parents_Families
Support the needs of LGBT families by coordinating a broad range of recreational activities, public forums, educational venues, workshops, and support groups.

Fenway Community Health Center, Lesbian/Gay Family and Parenting Services
7 Haviland St., Boston, MA 02115-2608
617-267-0900 ext. 282; fenwayhealth.org
Home-based and Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI); support groups for gay men and lesbians considering parenting and for children of gay and lesbian parents; adoption consultation; newsletter.

Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS)
650 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-358-8727; fax 310-358-8721; glassla.org
Providing a wide range of social and health care services to children and youth who are in foster care, on probation, or who are homeless. Provides services in safe, loving, supportive, non-judgmental living environments, while providing full access to all of the educational and vocational opportunities to which these youth are entitled. GLASS is recognized as the nation’s oldest and leading agency delivering social and health care services to self-identified GLBT and HIV/AIDS-impacted youth.

Gay & Lesbian parents of Utah - Utah Pride Center
355 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
801-539-8800; 888-874-2743; fax 801-521-5215; glpu@hotmail.com
glccu.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=108
A social and support group for GLBT parents and their children; monthly activities.

Gay Fathers Coalition of Buffalo, NY
Box 404 Westside Station, Buffalo NY 14213
716-883-9232

Gay Fathers Coalition of Richmond
P.O. Box 6503, Richmond, VA 23230
info@gfc-richmond.org
gfc-richmond.org
Promotes and sponsors activities designed to present a positive image of alternative parenting. Provide a forum to discuss common interests and concerns of gay fathers and their families and to encourage cooperative action.

Gay Fathers Coalition of Washington, DC
Box 19891, Washington, DC 20036-0891
202-583-8029

Gay Fathers Coalition of West Hollywood, CA
5985 Santa Monica Blvd., #109-346, West Hollywood, CA 90046
213-654-0307

Gay Fathers Group
Box 5506, Essex Junction, VT 05453-5506
808-862-8135

Gay Fathers of Greater Boston
P.O. Box 550030, Waltham, MA 02455-0030
617-742-7897; info@gayfathersboston.org
gayfathersboston.org
A network of gay men who have children. Regular discussion meetings, some with speakers, panels or workshops. Topics include: gay fatherhood, parenting, coming out, sexuality, relationships with our children, our partners, and our current or former spouses.

Gay Fathers/Fathers First
Box 981053, Houston, TX 77098-1053
713-666-6568

Gay Parenting Program
Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Services, 1748 Market St., #201, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-565-7667; fax 415-252-7490

Human Rights Campaign - “Parenting”
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3278
800-777-4723; 202-216-1594; fax 202-347-5323; TTY: 202-216-1572
hrc.org/issues/parenting.asp
Committed to finding permanent families for children by promoting fairness for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender foster and adoptive parents.

Lambda Mu / Lesbian Mother’s of Buffalo, NY Support Group
Box 0103, Buffalo, NY 14240
lambda_mu_bflo@yahoo.com
angelfire.com/grrl/lambdamu Aims to support lesbians who are, want to be, or are friends and family of lesbian mothers. It hopes to increase activism for the awareness and acceptance of our families.

MEGA Family Project
P.O. Box 29631, Atlanta, GA 30359
404-808-3350; kathy@megafamilyproject.org
megafamilyproject.org
The MEGA Family Project is a statewide organization devoted exclusively to winning justice and equality for Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families. The MEGA Family Project believes all Georgia families should be treated equally under the law. We seek to raise awareness about the more than 19,000 LGBT families who are part of our family landscape in Georgia.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Adoption & Foster Parenting Program
870 Market St., #570, San Francisco, CA 94102-3012
415-392-6257; fax 415-392-8442; info@nclrights.org
nclrights.org
Legal resource for lesbians and gay men. Telephone consultation available.

Our Family Coalition
870 Market St., #872, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-981-1960; fax 415-981-1962; judy@ourfamily.org
ourfamily.org
Promotes the civil rights and well being of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members through education, advocacy, social networking and grassroots community organizing. Offers: community events, programs, workshops, quarterly newsletter, biweekly e-newsletter, three discussion listservs, trainings.

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project
c/o Ferre Institute, Inc., 124 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905
607-724-4308; cstallman@prideandjoyfamilies.org
prideandjoyfamilies.org
“Helping lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender people in upstate New York build and strengthen their families.” Provides educational programs and training, information on same-sex parenting and family-building options for LGBT parents and prospective parents, and the professionals who serve them. Also supports social gatherings, assistance and referral services, a Directory of Family Building Services for LGBT People, and advocacy.

Rainbow Families of New Jersey
Box 1385, Maplewood, NJ 07040
973-763-8511; info@rainbowfamiliesnj.org
rainbowfamiliesnj.org
Dedicated to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered parents, their children, and those interested in becoming parents. Holds events throughout the state. Affiliated with Family Pride Coalition.

Rainbow Flag Health Services & Sperm Bank
Leland Traiman, RN/FNP, Director
931 Central Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
510-521-7737; leland@gayspermbank.com
gayspermbank.com
A known-donor sperm bank serving the gay and lesbian community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Safe Schools Coalition
Safe Schools Coalition, Public Health - Seattle & King County, MS: NTH-PH-0100
10501 Meridian Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133
206-632-0662 x49 message; to send a written message: safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=8
Washington State only, 24/7 phone line answered by the Sexual Assault Hotline: 877-723-3723.
Calls returned by a Safe Schools Coalition Intervention Specialist volunteer within 24 hours.
safeschoolscoalition.org
An international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Sperm Bank of California
Laurie Silverman, Reproductive Technologies, Inc.
2115 Milvia St., 2nd Fl., Berkeley, CA 94704-1157
510-841-1858; fax 510-841-0332; info@thespermbankofca.org
thespermbankofca.org
Serving the LGBT community for 25 years by providing ID release and anonymous sperm worldwide.


—— Web Resources ——

Donor Sibling Registry
donorsiblingregistry.com
Assists individuals conceived via donation who seek to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. While a non-GLBT-specific organization, the Registry is committed to GLBT civil rights, equality, and diversity. It estimates one third of its membership has GLBT-headed families, and the Registry Board of Directors is one-third lesbian.

Gay Fatherhood
gayfatherhood.com
Web-based discussion board. “A place for gay dads to talk with each other about the joys, cares and concerns of fatherhood.” Some resources.


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