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Europe to recognize LGBTI+ adoptive and surrogate parents across borders (and importance for the US)

Updated: Jul 24

Importance of surrogate parents' rights
lgtbi surrogate parents recognized in Europe

At First Step Surrogacy, we are glad for European progress regarding recognizing parenthood in the EU. This means that parents who have chosen to adopt or have surrogacies (mostly LGTBI+ couples) will now have legal rights as parents across Europe.

In recent years, Europe has made great strides in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBTI+ individuals. The continent has become a beacon of hope for the LGBTI+ community, from marriage equality to anti-discrimination laws.

However, one area that needed significant improvement was recognizing LGBTI+ parents, their surrogacy arrangements, and adopted children across borders. Many European countries have different laws and regulations regarding surrogacy, adoption, and recognition of parenting rights for LGBTI+ individuals.

The laws made it difficult for LGBTI+ parents to establish legal relationships with their children when they move across borders. For example, in some countries, surrogacy is illegal or only allowed for heterosexual couples. In others, adoption by same-sex couples is not recognized. Even when LGBTI+ parents have legally established their relationship with their children in their home country, that relationship may not be recognized in another country.

This lack of recognition can seriously affect LGBTI+ parents and their children. It can deny them access to critical legal protections and rights, such as the right to make medical decisions on behalf of their children and the right to be recognized as their children’s legal parents.

These problems are about to change. The European Commission has presented new rules regarding recognizing parenthood across borders.

What does this mean for the US?

It is a great way to understand more about this issue and move in the same direction. Many States have strict laws regarding surrogacy, and forming a family should be available for everyone, everywhere.

Surrogacy has become more prevalent in the United States, and fortunately, states like Florida have eased their laws for anyone to have a family. But many people don’t know what surrogacy is or how it works.

How to become a surrogate mother?

Becoming a surrogate mother is a big decision that involves carrying and giving birth to a child for the intended parents. It is a selfless act that can bring immense joy to both the surrogate and the intended parents, but it is also a serious commitment that requires a lot of thought and preparation. If you are considering becoming a gestational surrogate in Florida, here is what you need to know.

Gestational surrogacy involves carrying and giving birth to a child, so you should be in good health and have a strong support system. The first step in becoming a surrogate mother is to ensure that you are physically and emotionally ready for the process. It would help if you were mentally prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of surrogacy.

The next step is to find a reputable surrogacy agency. A surrogacy agency can help you find intended parents, provide you with legal and medical support, and guide you through the surrogacy process. Choosing a reputable agency with experience in surrogacy and a track record of successful matches is essential.

Once you have found an agency, you will need to undergo medical and psychological screenings to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for surrogacy. It may include a physical examination, blood tests, and a psychological evaluation. The intended parents will also undergo similar screenings to ensure they are fit to be parents.

The next step is the medical process of surrogacy, which involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create the embryo. After matching with the intended parents, you will need to create a surrogacy agreement that outlines the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. A lawyer should review and sign this agreement to ensure it is legally binding.

The intended will fertilize the intended mother’s eggs with the intended father’s sperm or with donor eggs and sperm to create the embryo. The embryo will then be implanted into the surrogate’s uterus, which will grow and develop until birth. Throughout the pregnancy, the surrogate will receive regular medical care to ensure the health and well-being of both the surrogate and the baby.

After the baby is born, the surrogate will typically spend a few days in the hospital to recover from childbirth. The intended parents will then take custody of the baby and begin their journey as parents. Our page has much more information about how to become a surrogate mother and the surrogacy journey.

So, how much does a surrogate mother make in Florida?

The amount of money a surrogate mother can make in Florida varies depending on many factors. Factors include the agency, the intended parents, and the specific details of the surrogacy arrangement. However, surrogates in Florida can typically expect to make between $30,000 and $50,000 for their services as base pay.

Surrogacy compensations vary from state to state. For example, in states where surrogates have a higher demand, they may get higher pay. Also, the cost of legal services and other services vary in different places.

When women join surrogacy agencies in Florida, like First Step Surrogacy, there is complete transparency on all the benefits and no hidden fees or out-of-pocket expenses. You will find the compensation package outlined, so you can clearly understand how much money a surrogate mother receives as remuneration. This surrogate compensation considers many variables, from lost wages to maternity clothes, so it is essential to understand everything before starting the process.

You can visit our page if you are interested in an estimated compensation package.

You can learn more about surrogacy on our First Step Surrogacy and Egg Donation webpage.

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