For Gay Parents Considering Surrogacy
Since 2001, Creative Family Connections has helped many gay men and LGBTQ couples navigate surrogacy. Our team believes strongly that everyone who wants to start a family should have the option, regardless of background, race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or relationship status. We uphold values of inclusivity as we guide you on your surrogacy journey and strive to make it as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
At CFC, one of our dedicated case managers will assist you in every step of your journey, from the selection of your surrogate to the extraordinary day that you finally hold your baby for the first time.
Overview of surrogacy for gay parents
While the process of surrogacy for same-sex couples shares many similarities with other parents’ experiences, there are some additional considerations. Surrogacy for gay parents consists of the following components:
- Selecting a surrogate: Once you’ve decided to embark on a surrogacy journey, Creative Family Connections will match you with a gestational carrier. All of our gestational surrogates undergo our extensive pre-screening process, as well as psychological and physical health screening evaluations to confirm they are well-suited to become a surrogate.
- Matching with exceptional gestational surrogates: CFC is a gay-friendly surrogacy agency that is very particular about who we choose to become a surrogate for our intended parents. The women we work with who want to become surrogates are extremely dedicated, kind, and motivated women.
- Egg donor selection: Because surrogacy for gay men will require a surrogate and an egg donor, we are happy to help you find the right match for your surrogate. Once you have chosen an egg donor and she completes her IVF cycle, a fertility specialist will transfer the healthiest embryo to the uterus of your surrogate.
- Communication facilitation: At CFC, we help set up strong lines of communication between you and your surrogate, as well as among the many third-party providers necessary for a successful surrogacy journey. Many of the intended parents and surrogates we work with wish to stay in touch after the baby’s birth!
What to look for in a surrogacy agency
When looking for gay surrogacy options, it can feel overwhelming to choose an agency. Here are three things you should look for in a surrogacy company:
- Long-term experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals and couples
- Support and partnership through the entirety of your journey
- Ability to protect your rights as LGBTQ+ parents
LGBTQ surrogacy laws
It’s important to note that U.S. and international surrogacy laws or statutes apply to LGBTQ couples or single intended parents. Creative Family Connections is both a surrogacy agency and law firm, meaning we will help gay couples navigate the legalities of surrogacy in their state.
Criteria for matching surrogates and LGBTQ parents
Surrogacy agencies routinely consider several factors when matching surrogates with LGBTQ couples, including:
- Personality fit and surrogacy journey expectations.
- Appropriate legal safety based on the residence of a surrogate and her intended parent(s), and much more
- Expectations surrounding selective reduction and termination of a pregnancy.
Surrogacy for same-sex couples at Creative Family Connections
Creative Family Connections has been helping LGBTQ+ intended parents to become parents through surrogacy since 2001. In fact, our very first intended parent was a single gay dad, and every year we help more and more LGBTQ intended parents build their families through surrogacy.
We are proud to be recognized as a leader in comprehensive surrogacy services for the LGBTQ community. We are ranked as one of the top surrogacy agencies in the world by parents who have completed the surrogacy journey, as reported on the international and well-renowned Men Having Babies and Surrogacy Advisor websites!
LGBTQ LEGAL EXPERTISE
Even as we celebrate the progress in today’s changing world towards LGBTQ reproductive rights and family building rights, we are fully aware that we have not arrived at the finish line. Therefore, as an intended parent who is a member of the LGBTQ community, you have special concerns and needs that need to be addressed. One of those is legal, and that is why our integrated matching and legal team can be so helpful in navigating surrogacy law and matching for LGBTQ intended parents. As a surrogacy agency and law firm, we help you navigate the legal, medical, and emotional components that come together to create a successful surrogacy journey.
Diane Hinson, Esq., owner and founder of Creative Family Connections, is recognized as a leading legal authority on issues surrounding LGBTQ parenting in the US and for international parents. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys, a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Legal Professional Group. Diane is regularly sought after by the media, the research community, and academia for her opinions on issues relating to reproductive rights as they relate to the LGBT community. She and her team created and maintain the leading US Surrogacy Map, an oft-cited surrogacy industry resource. Creative Family Connections surrogacy attorneys obtain pre-birth parentage orders for its same-sex parents whenever possible – and has obtained some of the first such parentage rulings in Maryland.
Creative Family Connections is actively engaged in the LGBT community when it comes to gay reproductive rights and gay parenting. Our values of inclusivity serve as the basis for who we are. We are pro bono counsel to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on surrogacy issues and have written many of the sections on surrogacy and assisted reproduction rights on HRC’s website.
Diane has worked with both HRC and Family Equality Council on pro-surrogacy, pro-gay, and gender-neutral legislation that has been introduced in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. She also worked behind the scenes to make sure that the Affordable Care Act did not exclude surrogacy from maternity coverage, given the disastrous effect any exclusion would have on LGBTQ parents. Diane has also written the surrogacy section on Virginia Equality’s website.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Diane and the Creative Family Connections team have been regular guest instructors on surrogacy issues at the “Maybe Baby” class for prospective LGBTQ parents, sponsored by Rainbow Families in DC. In addition, Diane and her team give workshops on surrogacy issues at Rainbow Families’ bi-annual conference. Diane has also spoken about issues related to surrogacy journeys by gay parents at conferences on parenting sponsored by Men Having Babies and by Families Thru Surrogacy. In 2013, Creative Family Connections gave a stand-alone workshop on surrogacy at HRC headquarters that was co-hosted by Rainbow Families and CT Fertility.
Creative Family Connections has met with IVF clinics to discuss their policies on working with non-traditional families. As a result, we have helped open doors that historically were closed to the LGBTQ community. We are a proud sponsor of LGBTQ organizations including Rainbow Families DC, the Human Rights Campaign, Family Equality Council, the DC Center for the LGBT Community, and Men Having Babies. Creative Family Connections participates in the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) sponsored by Men Having Babies. GPAP is a financial assistance program for gay men that seeks to promote the affordability of surrogacy and other parenting-related services. Creative Family Connections is more than just supportive of our non-traditional families. Inclusivity and advocacy are our passions, and they are a crucial part of our identity.
THE GAY PARENTING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (GPAP)
Creative Family Connections is proud to partner with Men Having Babies on its important initiative, the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). GPAP provides eligible gay intended parents with grants and access to discounts and free services through its collaboration with surrogacy agencies, IVF clinics, and other organizations.
We absolutely participate as a GPAP discounted services provider. On a limited basis, we also offer complete matching, support and legal support services to an eligible intended parent on a pro bono basis. Learn more about Men Having Babies’ Gay Parenting Assistance Program.
Ready to become a parent as an LGBTQ individual or couple?
Surrogacy is an excellent option for gay men and LGBTQ individuals or couples who are ready to expand their families. This path to parenthood allows same-sex couples to fulfill their parenting dream while maintaining a genetic link to their children.
To learn more about our surrogacy services, fill out our Request More Information form.
To learn more about our surrogacy services, fill out our Request More Information form.