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From the Ted Talk by Diana Adams: Why US laws must expand beyond the nuclear family

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Same-sex parenting has also aavdnecd the concept of family beyond biology, because in a same sex cuploe, only one parent's pdnrvioig the sperm or the egg. In my family-building legal work with these fiameils, I ftaaicltie discussions to make sure that everyone's itneiontns are aligned before dinseigng that legal agreement. For example, I’ll often work with a female same-sex couple who has a male friend who wants to "help" them become parents. So I'll facilitate discussions to make sure they're all caler on whether he's going to be a co-parent or a sperm donor and design a legal amegrneet either way. Without that, I've seen too many situations of ambiguity. Where mom calls him a dad when she needs childcare help but a donor when it comes time to make a big decision she doesn't want his input on. He calls himself dad when the baby's adorable at the park, but feels more like a donor when the school bill comes, you know? When we're designing our own families, we need clear written agreements, especially if children are involved.

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Same-sex parenting has also ________ the concept of family beyond biology, because in a same sex ______, only one parent's _________ the sperm or the egg. In my family-building legal work with these ________, I __________ discussions to make sure that everyone's __________ are aligned before _________ that legal agreement. For example, I’ll often work with a female same-sex couple who has a male friend who wants to "help" them become parents. So I'll facilitate discussions to make sure they're all _____ on whether he's going to be a co-parent or a sperm donor and design a legal _________ either way. Without that, I've seen too many situations of ambiguity. Where mom calls him a dad when she needs childcare help but a donor when it comes time to make a big decision she doesn't want his input on. He calls himself dad when the baby's adorable at the park, but feels more like a donor when the school bill comes, you know? When we're designing our own families, we need clear written agreements, especially if children are involved.

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  5. couple
  6. designing
  7. clear
  8. advanced
  9. intentions

Original Text

Same-sex parenting has also advanced the concept of family beyond biology, because in a same sex couple, only one parent's providing the sperm or the egg. In my family-building legal work with these families, I facilitate discussions to make sure that everyone's intentions are aligned before designing that legal agreement. For example, I’ll often work with a female same-sex couple who has a male friend who wants to "help" them become parents. So I'll facilitate discussions to make sure they're all clear on whether he's going to be a co-parent or a sperm donor and design a legal agreement either way. Without that, I've seen too many situations of ambiguity. Where mom calls him a dad when she needs childcare help but a donor when it comes time to make a big decision she doesn't want his input on. He calls himself dad when the baby's adorable at the park, but feels more like a donor when the school bill comes, you know? When we're designing our own families, we need clear written agreements, especially if children are involved.

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