ABOUT

ABOUT

Lisa Schuman, LCSW is founding Director of The Center for Family Building and Director of Mental Health Services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.

Ms. Schuman 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.

Lisa Schuman LCSW

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 LGBT and single parent family building, and runs workshops for children who joined their families through gamete donation or adoption.

OUR TEAM

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.

Lisa Schuman LCSW

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 also leads groups and provides workshops on donor and adoption related issues. Carolyn counsels people dealing with pregnancy loss at the National Council for Jewish Women and leads a group on Parenthood Through Adoption at the LGBTQ Center in NYC.

She is Founding Board Chair of The American Fertility Association, now Path2Parenthood.  Carolyn is Chair of Path2Parenthood’s Adoption Advisory Council and a member of ASRM’s Mental Health Professionals Group.

Carolyn is both a biological and an adoptive parent.

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BENJAMIN MEYER, LCSW 

Benjamin works with individuals, couples and families at all stages of their family building journeys.   HIs initial interest in helping families came from international experience providing trauma relief to victims of the Salvadorian Civil War and Chilean dictatorship. He experienced, first hand, how counseling can be enormously effective, even under the most stressful circumstances.  As a fluent Spanish speaker he can help families with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Benjamin has earned a certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and completed a family training program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.  He has a frequently visited blog and writes for numerous publications and websites.

Benjamin understands that once your child is home, the lifetime of work begins.  He has had extensive experience in helping parents employ meaningful parenting strategies and can help them navigate their child’s emotional and educational difficulties.

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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.

JENNIFER “JAY” PALUMBO

VIDEOS

TTC What to Say When Your Friends Family Announce Pregnancy

Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Discusses Infertility and Stress Management

How to Bring Your Sexy Back When TTC

LECTURES AND AWARDS

LGBTQ TOPICS

 

THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CENTER, NEW YORK

LGBTQ Family Building Presentations (2000, 2010, and 2018)

 

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

ADOPTION TOPICS

THE ADOPTIVE PARENTS COMMITTEE (ANNUAL MEETING 2000-PRENSENT)

Ages And Stages: Developmental Issues In Adoption
 Presentation

Blended Families Presentation

How To Engage A Birthmother
 Presentation

Paths To Parenthood Presentation

 

THE JCCA NYC

Paths To Parenthood
 Presentation (2010)

Blended Families Presentation (2012)

Forever Families Weekend Workshops (annual meeting 2010-present)

Children’s group: Under 5

Children’s group: 5 to teen

Raising Children with Learning Differences

Blended Families

 

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.

 

FERTILITY TREATMENT

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)

RESOLVE

Support Group Leader (1998)

SINGLE PARENTS

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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