In the past, homosexuals were not allowed to have their own children. The desire to have a family with children was “solved” by repressing it. Despite the increasing number of LGBT families, legal hurdles and social prejudices still make it more difficult for homosexual couples to fulfill their dream of having children.
Psychological assistance can be helpful
- to discuss the client’s own internalized expectations and reservations;
- to acknowledge the desire to have children and reflect upon it;
- to better cope with the momentary lack of children;
- to discuss step-by-step the options of having a child;
- to cope with the process of reproductive intervention;
- to better deal with potential crises in the adoption process;
- to reflect on family models (How do we want to live?);
- to respond constructively to social prejudices and discrimination.