ON OUR MINDS... THE CFC SURROGACY BLOG
Surrogacy in the District of Columbia – Hope from the DC Council
Did you know that surrogacy contracts are illegal and subject to criminal penalties – including jail time – in the District of Columbia? It is for this reason that Creative Family Connections’ office is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland – even though we can reach out and touch the District with our toes!
Family Advocate Article – State-by-State Surrogacy Law Across the US
For same-sex couples, the surrogacy journey can be doubly daunting. In addition to having less than half the number of states available to them for a gestational carrier match compared to their straight counterparts, their challenge in securing their parental rights pre-birth is considerably more difficult. In this article, Diane writes about this disparity, and discusses Creative Family Connections’ interactive map: Gestational Surrogacy Law Across the United States.
Gestational Surrogacy Suburban Style – Jody and Shannon’s Surrogacy Story
On the surface, Shannon and Jody Bowen are the average All-American couple living the suburban dream. They are happily married with a brand new baby daughter that is the center of their world. The picture of domestic tranquility, they are absolutely ordinary, in the most wonderful sense of the word. Until, that is, you consider the fact that baby Hazel arrived via Gestational Surrogate.
Top Ten Tips for a Great Parent-Surrogate Relationship
As you can imagine, the parent-surrogate relationship is not one that most people would ever think about unless they find themselves smack in the middle of one. It’s not something they teach you at home or in school, and until very recently it was not one that was featured in pop culture or the movies. There are things about it that are unique to any other relationship, and we thought it might be helpful to list here our top ten tips for a great parent-surrogate relationship. Got something to add? Let us know!
Important Call To Action – Obamacare Regulations for GS
Important Call to Action: Educate those in the Federal Government who are Writing the Obamacare Health Care Regulations that Could Have an Impact on Maternity Health Insurance Coverage for Gestational Surrogates
Tax Day – Can You Deduct Your Surrogacy Expenses?
It’s almost Tax Day. Can You Deduct Your Surrogacy Expenses? It Might Depend on Whether You are Gay or Straight
With Tax Day less than two weeks away, much attention is focused on tax preparations. For those who have gone...
Is the VA Supreme Court Moving to the Left? Paternity Rights of an Unmarried Father
The Virginia Supreme Court has done the right thing. Despite the Virginia Code’s stated preference for married couples, the VA Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous ruling (issued in L.F. v. Breit, January 10, 2013) that a biological father has the ability to establish paternity rights even if he and the mother were unmarried.
The end of American Adoptions in Russia
Today I feel compelled to stray a bit from the subject of Assisted Reproduction; yet my topic is well within Creative Family Connections’ founding principle: that everyone can build a family. Yesterday, sadly, Russian President Vladimir Putin dealt a blow to this principle when he signed into law
To Tell or Not to Tell – Should Parents Tell Egg Donor Offspring that They Came from a Donor?
Approximately a month or so ago, we met with some prospective parents who needed an egg donor in addition to a gestational carrier. In the course of our meeting, they told us that they were not sure that there was any reason to tell their future child that s/he was conceived with the help of an egg donor.
The CDC Report on ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology
The CDC has just issued a report in which it surveyed all the babies born by Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in the US in 2009, as part of its “morbidity and mortality” series. So, the title gives us a hint that its focus was not cheery. Indeed, the CDC looked at pre-term deliveries in ART pregnancies (which it limited to non-donor egg situations) and all the complications ensuing therefrom: low birth weight, etc.