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In many cases, the lack of traditional gender roles among same-sex couples creates opportunities for greater balance in home and work responsibilities and egalitarian roles in parenting. The focus on family roles allows the counselor to adapt to the family system beyond traditional gender roles, which makes SFT ideal for work with same-sex couples and their families. Parents must grieve and obtain accurate information about gay lifestyles. The Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Knowledge Share articles are developed from sessions presented at American Counseling Association conferences. Couples may also experience subtle discrimination and a lack of sensitivity regarding pronoun use in record-keeping for example, suggesting a father and mother caring for children, as opposed to two mothers or two fathers.

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Counselors must practice awareness of societal influences on families because these challenges often affect the balance of power within the family.

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A systemic perspective for working with same-sex parents

Thus, same-sex parents can invite social supports beyond the biological family to participate in family therapy. However, more training and awareness are needed to properly prepare counselors to offer support specifically for same-sex couples and families. The Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Couples may also experience subtle discrimination and a lack of sensitivity regarding pronoun use in record-keeping for example, suggesting a father and mother caring for children, as opposed to two mothers or two fathers. The goal of SFT is to adapt the structure of the family to the needs of its members to improve the function of the family system. The goal is to create a functional hierarchy that meets the needs of family members. In addition to the typical stresses associated with blended families or adoptive parenting relationships, same-sex couples often feel that they must fight to gain recognition in their identities as parents, both legally and socially.

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So although this ruling is monumental in taking strides toward equality, it does not eliminate subtle discrimination experienced by same-sex couples seeking adoption rights. Institutional and legal challenges: Same-sex couples have traditionally encountered legal obstacles, high standards for approval and long waiting periods to become adoptive parents. Knowledge Share articles are developed from sessions presented at American Counseling Association conferences. Family members should be coached to maintain non-combative communication following the disclosure, even if contacts are initially brief and superficial. Thus, same-sex parents can invite social supports beyond the biological family to participate in family therapy. Structural family therapy SFTdeveloped by Salvador Minuchin, offers a means for counselors to address systemic issues in various contexts.

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