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Surrogacy In New York

March 2nd, 2018 Category: Surrogacy
New York Surrogacy – Intended Parents

Parents looking for surrogacy in New York won’t be disappointed. With some of the best Match Managers and clinicians in the nation, surrogacy in New York has become a popularly accepted means of growing one’s family.

Here are a few common questions we receive from our clients in New York:

Can I use surrogacy to build my family if I live in New York?

Yes, surrogacy is a safe family building option for New Yorkers. ConceiveAbilities regularly assists Intended Parents from New York by matching them with surrogates from “surrogacy-friendly states.”

Is surrogacy a risky option for Intended Parents who live in New York?

No, residing in New York simply adds an additional layer of consideration to your surrogacy journey; making it all the more important that you work with a knowledgeable and experienced partner such as ConceiveAbilities. Our guidance will assure that your home state's laws will not provide any complication to your journey.

Please visit our website here or reach out to out Stephanie Foley from our Client Development department at sfoley@conceiveabilities.com or 929-266-3644.

Can I become a surrogate if I live in New York?

Unfortunately, no. Under the current state law, women who live in New York are not eligible to act as surrogates. No reputable agency in the US is currently accepting applicants from New York.

I hear that New York’s surrogacy laws may change. What can I do in the meantime if I am serious about becoming a surrogate?

Although we are unable to accept applicants from New York at this time, our Acceptance Team would like to encourage New Yorkers who are passionate about becoming a surrogate to fill out our quick initial application. The act of submitting this initial application will provide you with a bit more information about the surrogacy process and also allow us to register your interest.

Please be aware that you will be unable to complete our entire application with a New York address at this time.
Visit our website or follow our blog to learn more about our surrogate requirements.

Ruling Law in New York

There is no federal law providing uniformed regulation of surrogacy in the United States. Instead, each state has been allowed to craft their own regulations of the practice. Under the current legislation, New York regards gestational surrogacy contracts as being “contrary to the public good.” As such, they are deemed legally unenforceable and voided.

Again, ConceiveAbilities is capable of assisting Intended Parents from New York in circumventing this ban by matching them with surrogates from surrogacy-friendly states and expertly guiding them past any other potential complications.

How unique is New York’s legal landscape?

Although well over half of the fifty states are considered surrogacy-friendly, and several are deemed especially "pro-surrogacy," New York (along with New Jersey, Indiana, and Michigan) lags behind as one of only four states which disallows the practice.

How common is it for New Yorker Intended Parents to utilize surrogacy?

Surrogacy is not only “an option” for New Yorkers IPs, it is also a popular option. ConceiveAbilities has been in business for over twenty years, and in that time we have assisted several hundred New Yorkers in building their family through surrogacy. Trust us, you will be in esteemed and plentiful company.

How is ConceiveAbilities uniquely suited to assist New Yorkers interested in surrogacy?

Since January 2017, ConceiveAbilities has proudly offered consults to our Intended Parents out of our New York office.

We are also exceptionally proud of our ability to provide our clients with the support of our Director of Legal Services & Client Advocacy, Meg Ledebuhr. After your surrogate match is secured, Meg and your dedicated Match Manager will provide guidance on all of the legal steps ahead. This includes the drafting and negotiation of the Direct Agreement and subsequent parentage documents specific to your surrogate's surrogacy-friendly state.

Is New York Surrogacy law likely to change soon?

Exciting change may be on the horizon for New York. State Legislatures have proposed The Child-Parent Security Act (S.17A), which would permit legally enforceable compensated gestational surrogacy agreements in New York.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was quoted as saying “Becoming a parent should be a joyous occasion, not an illegal act. We need to legalize and regulate surrogacy contracts sensibly."

Are you interested in supporting a change in New York’s surrogacy law?
Are you a New York Citizen who would like to show your support for the pending legislation that would make surrogacy legal in New York? Consider reaching out to your representative to express your support.

Still have questions about surrogacy in New York? Send us a message and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can. In the meantime, we’ll continue to update this page as information regarding New York surrogacy changes.

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