A married heterosexual couple can access all of the surrogacy programs we offer – Ukraine, Greece, Georgia, Russia, USA and Greece. In all of those jurisdictions you will obtain a birth certificate with both of your names on it as parents of the child.
There is no requirement to have been married for a certain period of time. If you are not legally married then you cannot access Ukraine as a de-factor (common law) couple. Previous clients in this situation have undertaken a civil registry marriage service in order to access the Ukraine program. In Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and Greece you will need to present a varying degree of evidence to show that you are unable to carry children or conceive yourselves. Ukraine has the most stringent requirements in this regard.
Gay couples can access the surrogacy programs in the USA (some States) without any restrictions. Some States will allow both men to appear on the child’s birth certificate while others will only allow the biological father’s name to appear.
Gay couples cannot currently access the surrogacy programs in Ukraine, Georgia, Russia or Greece as a “couple”. However, in Russia gay men can access the program as a SINGLE MAN. This process has been undertaken and endorsed by the Russian courts. In USA and Canada each man of the couple can enter an agreement with the same surrogate mum and she can actually carry 2 embryos, 1 from each of them. This is called “egg-splitting”. At birth the child’s birth certificate, in some States and Provinces, will show the name of both men as being the fathers.
Currenty gay men, even as a single man, cannot access the surrogacy program in Greece, however in early June 2015 the government announced that a law had been drafted to permit registered civil unions for same-sex couples. Greek lawyers remain hopeful that eventually surrogacy will be accessible to same-sex couples. If and when surrogacy is opened to gay couples a surrogate will only be permitted to carry embryos from one father at a time. At this stage it is uncertain how the birth certificate will record the parents’ names in Greece if that becomes available.
Lesbian couples can access the surrogacy programs in the USA (some States) without any restrictions. Some States will allow both women to appear on the child’s birth certificate while others will only allow the biological mother’s name to appear.
Lesbian couples cannot access the surrogacy programs in Greece or Russia as a “couple” but in both countries each woman can engage a surrogate as a single woman. At birth the child’s birth certificate will show only the mother’s name – being the biological mother.
Each woman in a gay relationship can access as a single woman the surrogacy programs in Russia and Greece. A surrogate can only carry embryos from one mother at a time. Upon birth the birth certificate will show only the name of the biological mother.
Single Men or Women
Single men or women can access the surrogacy programs in the USA and Russia without any restrictions. Birth certificates will be issued for the children showing just one parent – the single IP.
Single women can access the surrogacy program in Greece. At birth the child’s birth certificate will show only the mother’s name – being the biological mother.