Most parents say they would go to the end of the earth for their child. We, Jordan Letschert and Robby Price, did that and more. Before he was even born!
Nearly 21 months ago, we (I, Jordan, a former Texas police officer now living in Florida; and Robby, my then-partner, now-husband) made the decision to become parents. After much deliberation we decided on doing a surrogacy for our first child. And thus the journey began.
Instantly we hit a first wall. In Florida in November 2014, you could not do a surrogacy under the law unless you were married. (Marriage equality had yet to reach Florida.) So what were we to do, knowing Florida was considered a “non-friendly surrogacy state” by most surrogacy agencies across America.
Committed to the notion of becoming parents at any cost, we set out on an investigation that became more complex than any case I had worked on as a police officer!
We found several agencies in the United States and decided we would move if necessary to the state in which they could accomplish a surrogacy with favorable laws for a gay couple. Naturally, we began with California where we interviewed many egg donor agencies, surrogate agencies and IVF doctors.
We settled on a world-renowned fertility doctor and clinic in the heart of Los Angeles and began the next step: finding agencies to help us match with an egg donor and surrogate. To give you a quick breakdown of the moving parts we faced, here is all that was involved.
Jordan (left) and Robby
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Watch the video of these two dads bringing home their adorable son.