Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is a leading expert in family building and has helped people around globe build the families of their dreams.
She has lectured extensively and has written numerous articles on a variety of family building subjects including LGBTQ, and single parent family building. Ms. Schuman also runs workshops and offers counseling for parents and children who have formed their families through sperm and egg donation or adoption.
Ms. Schuman has been working as a licensed therapist for more than two decades and is currently the Director of Mental Health Services for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut and Gay Parents to Be. She is a consultant for schools and corporations and has worked with groups such as Memorial Sloane Kettering, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center, The Family Equality Council and Single Mothers by Choice.
Ms. Schuman was also chosen as a surrogacy expert to testify to the State Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of legalizing compensated surrogacy in New York.
In her many years of treating patients who need assistance to build their families, she came to understand that the guidance, support and education she provided could make their paths to parenthood easier. To fill that need, in 2015, she founded the Center for Family Building, a trusted comprehensive resource offering products, videos, coaching services, support programs and more.
Ms. Schuman’s The Life Book which is now available on Amazon, was created to capture special memories and moments from the journey to have a child. Says Schuman, “Children love hearing about how they came into the world and the Life Book can help them feel connected to their beginnings.”
As the principal investigator for many studies on egg freezing, Ms. Schuman was honored with three awards for her research by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She is the former Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM. Ms. Schuman sat on the board of the American Fertility Association and was a group leader for RESOLVE. Ms. Schuman received her Undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and her graduate degree at Yeshiva University.
Ms. Schuman, who lives in New York with her husband and three children, has personally experienced almost every facet of family building including fertility treatment, surgeries, alternative therapies, surrogacy and adoption and has lived through the struggles raising mainstream and special needs children. This has given her special insight into the trials, tribulations and joys of the families she counsels. Says Schuman, “I can talk the talk but I have also walked the walk.”
LISA SCHUMAN, LCSW
Founding Director of The Center for Family Building
Lisa is the former Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM from its inception in 2008 until 2016. She sat on the board of the American Fertility Association and was a group leader for RESOLVE. She is also founding director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants, and is a supervisor and a member of the faculty at the Object Relations Institute.
Ms. Schuman is the principal investigator for many studies in egg freezing and was honored with three awards for her research by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.
She has lectured extensively and has written numerous articles on a variety of family building subjects including LGBTQ and single parent family building, and runs workshops for children who joined their families through gamete donation or adoption.
CAROLYN BERGER, LCSW
Carolyn has been helping people build families through fertility treatment and adoption for over 25 years. Once her clients become parents, she is available for consultation on issues ranging from disclosing donor or adoption information to young children to coping with the needs of children who have learning differences.
Carolyn provides consultation to fertility clinics, individuals and couples. She counsels people dealing with pregnancy loss through the National Council for Jewish Women.
She is Founding Board Chair of Path2Parenthood and is on the board of Family Equality Council. She is a member of ASRM’s Mental Health Professionals Group.
Carolyn is both a biological and an adoptive parent.
LAUREN DONATO, MA, LMHC
Lauren has been helping people live their best lives for fifteen years. Her initial interest in working in the area of fertility treatment came from her own personal journey. Through personal experience, Lauren learned the value of support and guidance during family building. In addition to her graduate degree, Lauren completed a post graduate course in reproductive counseling. She is available for consultation on topics including, but not limited to, fertility treatments, gamate donation, single parent and LGBTQ family building.
Jeff Levin, LCSW
Jeff is a Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience in helping intended parents through their family building process. He works with individuals and couples on relationship concerns, preparing for parenthood, and has a specialty in issues specific to the LGBTQ and Jewish community.
Jeff has delivered workshops at family building conferences and worked for many years at New York City's LGBT Community Center where he ran programs for families and created programming for the Center’s annual Expo.
Jeff has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and is currently participating in post-graduate training in clinical work with couples from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
JENNIFER “JAY” PALUMBO
Jay serves as the Communications Director at The Center for Family Building. She is an award-winning blogger and writer who has been featured in ScaryMommy, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, multiple websites and online magazines covering topics such as infertility, women’s health, pregnancy, dating, parenting, being the parent of an autistic child, fertility treatments and more. As an infertility subject matter expert and women’s health advocate, she has been asked to speak at several conferences (CCW, New England Resolve, etc.), and has been interviewed on news outlets such as CNN, NPR, FOX, NBC and BBC.
She currently provides a portfolio of businesses, organizations and individuals with online content, social media, and marketing strategies. She also volunteers for various organizations including the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, Resolve, the National Infertility Association, March of Dimes and Gilda’s Club. She is very excited to support Lisa and The Center for Family Building’s overall objective’s in helping others build families.
LECTURES AND AWARDS
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
The Burden of Family Building as a Gay Male Couple: The majority of men seen at a large reproductive medicine practice desire a child with each of their genetics
LGBT NETWORK, SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS/PARENTS
Pathways to Parenthood with The Center for Family Building (2019)
JEFFERSON INFERTILITY COUNSELING CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA
What's New in LGBTQ Family Building (2019)
FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL, FAMILY WEEK
Developmental Milestones for Non-Genetically Related Children (2018)
THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CENTER, NEW YORK
LGBTQ Family Building Presentations (2000, 2010, 2018, 2019)
TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER, CONNECTICUT
Family Building in the LGBTQ Community Presentation (2015)
NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE, NEW YORK
LGBTQ Family Building Presentation (2015)
THE ADOPTIVE PARENTS COMMITTEE, NEW YORK
Gay and Lesbian Options in Adoption Presentation (2011)
GAY PARENTS TO BE
Active member and blog writer for reproductive medicine group developed to help LGBTQ individuals and couples become parents.
EGG FREEZING TOPICS
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
2014 Nurses Research Award: A 9-Year Analysis Of Trends In Ovarian Response To Stimulation In Elective Oocyte Cryopreservation And In Vitro Fertilization Patients
2014 ASRM Accepted Abstract: Women Pursuing Oocyte Cryopreservation For Non-Medical Purposes Are More Likely To Achieve >10 Oocytes If Their FSH Is <11, Regardless Of Age
2013 ASRM Symposium: New Developments In Egg Freezing: Psychological Perspectives
2013 Nurses Research Award: Women Pursuing Non-Medical Oocyte Cryopreservation Would Consider Non-Genetic Methods Of Family Building Such As Adoption Or Ovum Donation
2013 ASRM Accepted Abstract: Psychology Of Egg Freezing Patients: Would They Consider Single Motherhood If They Did Not Marry In Some Specified Time?
2011 ASRM Accepted Abstract: Trends In Age In Non-Medical Oocyte Cryopreservation
2009 Symposium: Controversial Topics Related To Medical And Non-Medical Oocyte Cryopreservation
PACIFIC COAST REPRODUCTIVE SOCIETY
2012 Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Non-Doctoral Research Award Women Undergoing Oocyte Cryopreservation For Non-Medical Purposes Openly Share Information About Their Treatment To Their Family And Friends
SCHWARTZ, SLADKUS, REICH, GREENBERG AND ATLAS
Mental Health and Legal Considerations Attendant to Third Party Reproduction Arrangements Using Reproductive Technologies (2019)
How to Choose a Donor (2019)
RESOLVE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE
How to Choose a Donor (2018)
THE ADOPTIVE PARENTS COMMITTEE (ANNUAL MEETING 2000-PRESENT)
Ages And Stages: Developmental Issues In Adoption Presentation
Blended Families Presentation
How To Engage A Birthmother Presentation
Paths To Parenthood Presentation
PARENTING NON-GENETICALLY RELATED CHILDREN
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
The TIP TOP Program Roundtable Presentation (2017)
THE JCCA NYC
Paths To Parenthood Presentation (2010)
Blended Families Presentation (2012)
Forever Families Weekend Workshops (annual meeting 2010-2016)
Children’s group: Under 5
Children’s group: 5 to teen
Raising Children with Learning Differences
STEPHEN GAYNOR SCHOOL, NEW YORK
The impact of Adoption and Self-Esteem on Children with Learning Differences Presentation (2015)
Non-Genetic Parenting (2016)
Developing a Narrative For Your Adopted Child (2016)
EAGLE HILL SCHOOL
Learning Differences in Adopted Children (2017)
SCARSDALE HIGH SCHOOL
The impact of self-esteem in children with learning differences (2017)
THE NEW YORK ASSOCIATION FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Accepted Abstract: The TIP TOP Program (2016)
The Psycho-Emotional Impact of Infertility in the Jewish World and Essential Mental Health Support Services (2019)
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
2018 ASRM Accepted Abstract: A lay led support group is more popular than a professionally led support group at a large reproductive medicine office
THE AMERICAN FERTILITY ASSOCIATION
Support Group Leader (1999-2001)
Workshops on a variety of fertility issues including Developmental Issues for Children In Third Party Reproduction (1999-2002)
Support Group Leader (1998)
Family Building for Single Women (with Jane Mattes, LCSW)
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (2014, 2015, 2016)
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York (2012)
WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS FOR INFERTILITY AND THIRD PARTY PARENTING
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York (2006-2014)
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (2014 to present)
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