by Cathy Sakimura, Esq. | Nov 23, 2021 | Parents, LGBT parents, Assisted reproduction, Surrogacy
The U.S. does not regulate surrogacy on a federal level, so each state has its own laws about whether surrogacy is permitted and how it is regulated. In partnership with the Center for Genetics and Society and Surrogacy360, we have created a map and detailed narrative about surrogacy laws throughout the U.S., including whether and how intended parents can access surrogacy as well as the protections provided for the rights of people acting as surrogates. View the Map
by Shriya Bhindwale | May 5, 2020 | Parents, LGBT parents, low-income
A voluntary acknowledgment of parentage or voluntary declaration of parentage (also called a VAP, or VDOP in some states) is a document that establishes a legal relationship between a parent and a child. VAPs must be signed by the person who gave birth and the person establishing their parental rights. View PDF
by Dan Mahoney | Oct 2, 2013 | same-sex couples, LGBT parents, lesbian parents, child custody, parental rights, parentage, same-sex parents, school, adoption, Federal policy, Youth, Federal Legislation
This publication provides an overview of the legal rights of LGBTQ parents and their children in the United States. Download PDF
by Erik Olvera | Oct 1, 2013 | same-sex couples, LGBT parents, lesbian parents, parental rights, lgbt undocumented immigrant, marriage equality, parentage, same-sex parents, adoption, Youth
This publication provides guidelines for families and attorneys for protecting parent-child relationships and obtaining legal recognition of family ties. Download PDF
by Bethany Woolman | Feb 22, 2013 | LGBT parents, lesbian parents, parental rights, parentage, adoption, child custody
(San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2013)—Today, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that when a same-sex couple has a child together, both parents can be fully recognized as parents under Kansas state law. The court explained that Kansas parentage laws apply equally to women and non-biological parents, and that courts must consider the reality of who a child’s parents are in order to protect the interests of children. The court also ruled that an agreement to co-parent and share custody can be...
by Bethany Woolman | Sep 30, 2012 | LGBT parents, parental rights, parentage, State legislation, child custody, Senate Bill 1476
Governor Supports Need to Recognize These Families, But Wants More Time to Consider This Important Issue (San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2012)—Today, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have protected children who have more than two parents. In his veto message, Governor Brown explained that he was sympathetic to the need to protect children in these families but wanted more time to consider the issue. Authored by Senator Mark Leno, Senate Bill 1476 was co-sponsored by...