Paths to Parenthood

Adoption – There is nothing like the feeling of helping a child find a loving home.  Whether through public, private or International adoption, gay and lesbian families are embracing children who need homes in growing numbers.  There are many adoption options for you and your family.  We hope that some of these resources are helpful and invite you to share your stories with us at

Artificial Insemination (Known Donor or Anonymous Donor) – The decision to have a family is no longer as simple as a turkey baster and a sperm bank.  The increasing number of lesbian couples choosing known donors to assist them is a testament that fact.  Have you thought of asking a friend or relative to assist you and your partner in having a family?  Do you have friends who have a known donor dad?  The first and most important information to obtain is how the law treats these relationships and whether your state will allow your partner to adopt your child.  Check out our known donor counseling page for more information and please feel free to share your story.

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization is commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. When the IVF procedure is successful, the process is combined with a procedure known as embryo transfer, which is used to physically place the embryo in the uterus.  Please see the Physicians page for referral and commentary.

IUI – Intra-Uterine Insemination (also known as artificial insemination) is the process of preparing and delivering sperm so that a highly concentrated amount of active motile sperm is placed directly through the cervix into the uterus.  Please see the Physicians page for referral and commentary.

Surrogacy – Surrogacy is a method of reproduction whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant and deliver a child for a contracted party. She may be the child’s genetic mother (the more traditional form of surrogacy), or she may, as a gestational carrier, carry the pregnancy to delivery after having been implanted with an embryo, in some jurisdictions an illegal medical procedure.  Please see the Surrogacy Referrals page for more information.

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown

Attorney and Advocate at Time For Families
Who am I? On the deepest level, I am blessed. I have an amazing partner, who I have known since 1989 and been married to since 2004. I am the donor dad of two beautiful daughters who have two moms who are equally amazing. My husband and I have expanded our family through surrogacy and have a seven-year old son. I have had three careers (acting, massage therapy and the law) and I am still discovering myself. I am the Board Chair of Men Having Babies. The one thing I know for sure is that life is about trusting your instincts. Family is an instinct.
Anthony Brown