Surrogacy provides LGBTQ couples, often same-sex male couples, with the ability to have a biologically related child when they otherwise would not be able to. This can be an exciting, yet overwhelming process with tons of questions for LGBTQ couples. How does the surrogacy process work? What are the financial costs incurred? Is this affordable for us? What is surrogate matching? Who will be the egg donor? Who will be the surrogate? However, before you get to the nitty gritty, you need to know if there are any legal implications in your state for the LGBTQ community when it comes to surrogacy.
Surprisingly, many states do not address surrogacy, meaning there are no regulations for LGBTQ couples or their gestational carrier. There are some states that have very unfavorable laws for LGBTQ that forbid surrogacy, such as New York, that could lead to extensive monetary fines. It is important to know if your state has favorable surrogacy laws, especially if you are LGBTQ. California is one such state that has laws in favor of surrogacy for all individuals, including the LGBTQ community.
There have been cases where an LGBTQ couple lives in one state, while the gestational carrier lives in a different state, where the baby will be born. It is important that the gestational carrier reside in a state that has favorable surrogate laws and protections to avoid any monetary fines or legal implications.
We believe that all people in the LGBTQ community should have the opportunity to have a family, if they so desire. Our compassionate services help LGBTQ parties navigate the ins and outs of surrogacy in order to have an amazing and successful arrangement. We work with all couples, including LGBTQ, during the matching process to help clients seeking an egg donor and/or surrogate. You can rest assured that our experienced team will assist you with every step of the surrogacy process from match to post-delivery. We support and educate our intended parents, along with their gestational carrier, in a sympathetic, caring and professional manner. No question is ever left unanswered.