States to Avoid When Pursuing Surrogacy In the United States


What States Allow Surrogacy?

Victoria T. Ferrara of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists discusses what states have legalized surrogacy. Some states are better than others when it comes to the legality and ease of surrogacy. There are currently only two states that should be avoided, but laws are rapidly changing and we have seen recently many states becoming more surrogate friendly. It is best to consult your surrogacy expert and lawyer to find a state that best works for you.

What states are good for surrogacy?

There are many states that are good for surrogacy, there are only two where you have to avoid the state for gestational surrogacy.  But, laws continue to evolve, Rhode Island just passed a law regarding surrogacy and New York is having a new law that will become effective in February of 2021. Reproductive lawyers are the best people to consult as laws are always changing and evolving. Your lawyer and/or your surrogacy agency will be looking to match you with a surrogate that is in a good state for you. 

What other considerations are there for surrogacy laws by state?

We also have to pay attention to not only where it's legal but if you have to be married in that state and what are the procedures for getting a pre-birth order. A lot goes into choosing the state that would be a good match for you. It is important when you're matching with a surrogate your agency and/or your lawyer should be helping you make sure that you're in a state where you can get your legal safety when becoming the legal parents of your baby.

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Posted by Victoria T. Ferrara

As the Founder & Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy, Vicki leads the agency with a passion for law and the family formation process. She brings over 25 years of experience practicing assisted reproductive technology law and surrogacy law to help people make their dreams of family come true—just as hers have. She and her spouse, Michelle Loris, have two sons, Sal and Nick.

Website: https://www.worldwidesurrogacy.org/en/

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