Where they started
After four years together, Jill and Melissa were both very keen to have children. They paid a clinic to use an egg from Melissa, fertilise it with the help of a close male friend, and Jill carried the baby.
As Joe got older, his biological father (who he calls daddy) wanted to have more contact with him than Melissa and Jill had originally envisaged.
With his first day of school coming up, the couple wanted to discuss issues around contact and responsibility in order to be united in supporting Joe as he started school.
A friend of Melissa's recommended family counselling with us as a way of talking through their concerns. They attended weekly sessions as a family.
The counsellor created a safe space for the couple to talk about the future with Joe. He was able to listen carefully to the conversation and make his opinion known.
Where they are now
Jill and Melissa found that the counsellor understood all their worries and helped them to see that, even though Joe was conceived differently, gay parents are exactly the same as everyone else.