On February 15, 2021, New York State will join 47 other states in permitting compensated gestational surrogacy with a state-of-the-art law, newly passed last week. After a hard-fought battle over many years, this law represents the gold standard nationally as it provides clear guidance about the surrogacy process, benefiting both intended parents and surrogates.
Known as the Child-Parent Security Act, this law supports the dreams of those individuals and couples who struggle with infertility as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community who long to be parents. For these hopeful parents, the law provides simple and comprehensive instructions on how to obtain a court order, known as a pre-birth order, to establish their parentage when working with a surrogate. Not only does the law cover surrogates that live in New York, it confirms the legality of parentage orders issued by other states if the surrogate lives outside of New York.
Of note, the law does require that at least one intended parent is both a resident of NY for at least six months and a citizen, or lawful permanent resident, of the US.
At ConceiveAbilities, we are simply thrilled for the many wonderful New Yorkers who are now one step closer to their family building efforts. Being a parent is a choice and a right that we believe everyone deserves, and that’s been our belief for almost 25 years. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, nationality, geography, socioeconomic status, disability or any combination of these, we dedicate ourselves to providing step-by-step support that helps intended parents everywhere, build their family. Because family is everything, now more than ever. And for intended parents everywhere, New York’s action is a concrete endorsement that surrogacy continues to gain momentum, worldwide.
For same sex couples that hope to be parents, like gay dads, we know that this law helps lower the barriers, but we also know that the legal landscape can have additional complexities across states and counties. Our in-house legal team understands the laws regarding surrogacy for gay couples and provides expert guidance for the journey ahead.
And, our team works hard to support the needs of every individual and couple that we work with, from the needs of hopeful dads, to understanding costs, to providing dedicated support for your entire journey.
But, most importantly, as a surrogacy agency, we are experts in helping you find a great surrogate, one that just makes sense for you. The surrogacy calling is not for everyone and those that are accepted as surrogates at ConceiveAbilities, to be considered by you, succeed through a careful approval process.
So, join us in celebrating the momentum in New York State. Let’s start your journey towards parenthood right now so you are ready to go. Contact us today. We can’t wait to hear from you.
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.