Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples in Nevada
Have you and your partner been wishing to grow your family? If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community who desires to have a child of their own, then surrogacy may be an option for you. Over time perceptions of the family have become more inclusive, and now LGBTQ+ surrogacy is becoming more and more common.
While the surrogacy process is generally the same for same-sex couples as it is for any other intended parent, it is important to note the unique considerations regarding the surrogacy process for same-sex couples. This consideration can include same-sex surrogacy laws, the pros and cons of LGBTQ+ surrogacy, as well as additional items that must be taken under consideration. Adoption Choices and Surrogacy of Nevada is here to teach you more about gestational surrogacy for same-sex couples.
Surrogacy Process for Same-Sex Couples
In LGBTQ+ surrogacy, the process is very similar to what any other intended parents would expect:
- Intended parents must go through a screening where a background check is conducted.
- Intended parents must be matched with a surrogate mother.
- The IVF process is conducted, which uses an egg donor and gestational carrier.
- Birth of the intended parent’s baby through the surrogacy process.
Surrogacy is an option for gay men who wish to be biologically related to their child and lesbian couples who cannot carry a child to term on their own.
Although the process is similar for same-sex couples, it is important to note that there are some differences in the decisions that same-sex couples have to make in regard to the surrogacy process. Same-sex couples must decide which partner will be biologically related to the child. In straight surrogacy, both parent’s genetic material is used to create the embryo. However, in same-sex surrogacy, the couple must decide who’s egg and sperm will be used. Same-sex intended parents must then choose either a known or unknown sperm or egg donor. Some indented parents find it more convenient to choose an anonymous donor, while others may choose to have an identified donor. This could be a friend or close relative.
Same-Sex Surrogacy Laws
Each state will have its own surrogacy laws, so you must become familiar with your state’s laws regarding LGTBQ+ surrogacy. Some states may require extra steps for same-sex couples to be legally recognized as parents of their children. Depending on your state and your circumstances, this can be achieved by applying for:
- A pre-birth order
- A full adoption
- A Step-parent Adoption
- A second-parent adoption
Since the legal surrogacy process can be complicated for intended parents, especially same-sex couples, it is recommended that intended parents work with a surrogacy professional or an attorney that is familiar with your state’s laws.
Pros and Cons for Surrogacy in Nevada for Same-sex Couples
Although surrogacy is a wonderful option open to LGBTQ+ couples, it may not be the right choice for you and your partner. It is important to take note of the pros and cons that come with surrogacy for LGBTQ+ couples.
- Surrogacy can allow either one same-sex parents to be biologically related to their child.
- Intended parents can create lifelong relationships with their surrogates.
- There are surrogate mothers that are especially interested in helping same-sex couples become parents.
- The legal surrogacy process for same-sex couples can be complicated.
- Surrogacy can be expensive.
- Some same-sex couples may face discrimination through the surrogacy journey.
Considerations for Same-Sex Couples
Although Surrogacy can be a wonderful and rewarding process for same-sex couples, there are some things intended parents should take under consideration.
- Choosing the right agency. When embarking on your surrogacy journey, same-sex intended parents should make sure to choose an LGBTQ+-friendly agency. Intended parents should consider if the agency has long-term experience working with LGBTQ+ intended parents. You should also make sure that you feel that the agency will support you throughout the entire process, such as counseling specifically for gay intended parents. It is also important to know that the agency will make sure to protect your rights as same-sex parents.
- Becoming a parent. Becoming a parent comes with its own set of challenges. You will need to adapt to having a baby in your home. Same-sex couples also face the additional challenge of discrimination. You might face challenges expanding your child’s birth story to others and to your child. Surrogacy can be complicated to explain to a young child.
Final Thoughts on Surrogacy for a Same-Sex Couples
Surrogacy can be a great way for members of the LGBTQ+ community to achieve their dreams of parenthood and still have a genetic connection to their child. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada is here to help you start your surrogacy journey. Are you ready to expand your family?
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-738-4673 (Elko) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).
Hunter Frederick is a graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and a Theatre Certificate. She is the co-author of the virtual reality play, Paneless, along with the play, the Little Vagabond, based on William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. She is also the co-author of a historical play, Yours, for the Oppressed, based on the lives of Albany Abolitionists, Harriet and Stephen Myers, who toured Underground Railroad Sites of New York State.
In her free time, you can find Hunter cooking in the kitchen while listening to Musical Theatre songs.