Resources

LGBT Family Resources

Attorney:  Ben Papa, Papa & Roberts, PLLCwww.paparoberts.com | 5500 Maryland Way, Suite 133
Brentwood, TN 37027 | (615) 767-5900 | Many of the parents in NGP have chosen Ben as their representative in the court system. Ben serves his clients in the areas of divorce/child custody, other family law issues, basic estate planning and probate, as well as mediation services of all kinds. He serves clients in Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, and surrounding areas.
julia-tate-nashville-tn-baby-law-attorney-lawyer Attorney:  Julia J. Tate, The Law Office of Julia J. Tatewww.tnbabylaw.com | 5606 Cloverland Drive, #107 | Brentwood, TN  37027 | (615) 783-2892 or (615) 310-2831 | julia@tnbabylaw.com | Julia Tate devotes her law practice to serving the needs of families. She has assisted parents in adoptions, couples forming their families through surrogacy, people who are seeking to help others as surrogates and egg donors, and sexual minority couples who are strengthening their coupleships through legal steps.Tennessee has limited case law and very few statutes on assisted reproduction. In this enviroment, Julia helps clients by creatively working with the laws of our state to form and protect families.
Home Study: Jewish Family Service (Teri Sogol) | 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Suite 103 Nashville, Tennessee 37205 | (615) 356-4234 | www.jfsnashville.org | JFS has paved the way for LGBT families to adopt children in Tennessee. They were the first to offer home study services to LGBT families and have received awards from HRC for their pioneering. Established in 1853, Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization providing professional social services to all residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, without regard to religious affiliation.
Doctor/Pediatrician:  Dr. Bradley Bullock, Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics | 1607 Westgate Circle, Ste 200 Brentwood, TN 37027 | (615) 376-8195 | www.csimp.net | Dr. Bullock is the pediatrician of many of the children association with NGP. Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Clinic is a family oriented practice offering a continuum of care from the instant of birth through adulthood. Our practice is dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate health care for children and adults of all ages.
Family Support:  Covenant of the Cross, Food Pantry  | www.covenantofthecross.com | 752 Madison Square, Madison, TN  37115 | (615) 612-5040 | Covenant of the Cross is an affirming church congregation north of Nashville.  They were the first LGBT-orient group to offer Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services PATH class for foster parenting at their church.  They run Middle Tennessee’s only LGBT-family targeted food bank called Covenant Cupboard.  If you are a family in need a food, please contact Pastor Greg at gregbullard@comcast.net.
Housing/Real Estate:  Brian Copeland & Team Nashville And Beyond | www.nashvilleandbeyond.com | Village Real Estate Service 615 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN  37206 | (615) 763-4010 | Brian Copeland runs the Nashville And Beyond Team.  He is a member of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals and was the 2011 Nashville REALTOR of the Year.  Brian and team have specific expertise in helping gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual and intersexed buyers and sellers.
  Children’s Services:  Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TNDCS) www.tn.gov/youth/fostercare/becomefosterparent.htm | 1-877-DCS-KIDS |  Recently numerous Nashville Gay Parents (NGP) members completed their P.A.T.H. (Parents As Tender Healers) course in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TNDCS). The eight week course was taught at Covenant of the Cross church and included 23 hours of training including first aid, discipline, processes and every part of the DCS fostering process.
  LGBT Family Building:  American Fertility Association | theafa.org | If you visit the website, you know that The American Fertility Association is the most comprehensive resource for LGBT family building anywhere. Everyone deserves to have the family of their dreams and our comprehensive library of articles, fact sheets, handbooks and videos on LGBT Family Building is a great place to start. On this site you will find information about medical and legal issues facing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals and couples when parenthood is the goal. You will also find a directory of LGBT-friendly providers that includes doctors, lawyers, sperm banks, adoption agencies, and egg donor/surrogacy agencies.
  Legal Rights & Advocacy:  Tennessee Equality Project | tnequalityproject.org | Tennessee Equality Project is a statewide organization dedicated to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the State of Tennessee through the establishment of fair and equitable laws protecting these rights and the elimination of laws that would seek to counter this effort.
  National Issues & Representation:  Family Equality Council | www.familyequality.org | Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBT. We are a community of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.
  Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) | pflagnashville.org | The PFLAG Nashville chapter is supported and managed on a volunteer basis. There are no paid staff members. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. We are committed to helping others learn what we have learned, to help change attitudes, and to create an environment of understanding so that all LGBTQI people can live with dignity and respect.
 University-School-Nashville-Gay-Parents Private Education:  University School of Nashville | www.usn.org | 2000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN  37212 |  (615) 321-8000 | University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.
 SJSLogoBlue1a_CS3 Private Education:  St. Joseph Catholic School | www.stjosephnashville.org | 1225 Gallatin Pike South,  Madison, Tennessee 37115 | (615) 865-1071 | Accredited by SACS, St. Joseph School offers a diversified curriculum as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities. Curriculum includes:  Art, Computer, Music, Physical Education, Religion, Spanish, and Library. Extra curricular Programs include:  Athletic Programs for grades K-8, Choir, Band, Forensics, Scouts and SJS Broadcasting & Video club.
fertility-center-chattanooga-knoxville Fertility:  The Fertility Center | www.myfertilitycenter.com | 423-899-0500 (Chattanooga) | 865-692-3433 (Knoxville) | Practicing together for more than a decade, Drs. Bird and Donesky have built a strong foundation of open communication and understanding. Both are certified members of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the Board’s subspecialty division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
dr-cherise-felix-stonecrest Obstetrics & Gynecology:  Dr. Cherise Felix, MD, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center | www.tristarstonecrest.com | 615-984-4751 | Several parents in our group have used Dr. Felix and reported amazing service and inclusive treatment for LGBT parents.
 daniel-barton-tennessee-nashville-gay-friendly-doctor Mental Health & Recovery:  Dr. Daniel Barton, MD, Tennessee TMS Center | www.tennesseetmscenter.com | 615-900-4442 | We are a small mental health clinic and provider of a non-medication approach to treating depression and we are located in Sylvan Park. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Barton, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with special training in LGBT health issues.
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