Surrogacy in Connecticut
Family Inceptions is a surrogacy agency that has been assisting families with the Connecticut surrogacy process for many years. Providing assistance to intended parents and surrogates interested in completing a surrogacy journey in Stamford, Middletown, Hartford, Greewich, New Haven, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury or the surrounding cities, our company walks everyone involved through each step.
The most popular cities for surrogacy include Stamford, Middletown, Hartford, Greewich, New Haven, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury , as well as others in the state because of the friendly laws regarding surrogacy, large populations, and many expert fertility centers in the surrounding areas.
Trying to understand surrogacy laws for each state can be confusing and time consuming. Preparing for your surrogacy journey requires plenty of papers to sign and decisions to make.
Because of the complex and delicate nature of the surrogacy relationship, there are some necessary legal considerations to work through and which state to complete a surrogacy journey must be relevant when deciding to embark on a journey.
Family Inceptions works only in surrogate friendly states. However, even surrogate friendly states have different laws. For a full breakdown of surrogacy laws for each state, CLICK HERE.
What’s the Difference Between Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy
Surrogacy is a great way to help a family who can’t conceive a child, and it is a great option for those who can’t conceive on their own. Surrogacy itself is defined as the practice where a woman, known as the surrogate mother or gestational carrier, carries and births a child to give to those who can’t have children. How do you know which option (traditional or gestational) is best for you? Let’s start with a breakdown of the surrogacy options.
Traditional and gestational surrogacy are the most common forms of surrogacy, though gestational is the far more popular model.
When couples opt to use traditional surrogacy, they select a woman who agrees to use her eggs as well as gestate the baby. The traditional surrogate receives donor sperm, either from a male intended parent or a designated sperm donor.
In a traditional surrogacy model, the surrogate is genetically related to the baby. Since there aren’t any of the associated expenses of egg retrieval or embryo creation, traditional surrogacy sometimes may be less expensive from a medical standpoint.
Gestational Surrogacy aka Gestational Carrier
Gestational surrogacy or gestational carrier (legal terminology) involves the surrogate receiving a prepared embryo via IVF. Generally, intended parents use their own egg and sperm however, any donor combination is certainly acceptable.
The gestational surrogate does not have any genetic relation to the baby that she carries. Due to the additional medical expenses and the embryo creation, gestational surrogacy tends to be a more expensive form of surrogacy.
Becoming a Surrogate Mother in Connecticut
Being a surrogate mother (aka gestational carrier) is an incredibly rewarding experience. Gestational surrogacy as well as traditional surrogacy is permitted in Connecticut because no statute or published case law prohibits it, however this can vary by county. Although, traditional surrogacy is allowed, Family Inceptions does not handle any traditional surrogacy cases.
Requirements to become a gestational surrogate in the state of Connecticut through Family Inceptions include, but not be limited to:
- Between the ages of 23 and 39
- Delivered and currently raising or have raised at least one child
- No more than five deliveries with no pregnancy complications
- No more than three C-sections
- No deliveries prior to 37 weeks gestation (unless twins or more)
- Not receiving government assistance (cash aid, food stamps, Medicaid/Medicare)
- Non-tobacco user for at least 2 years and live in a smoke-free house
- You and spouse/partner have no current or previous history of drug or alcohol abuse
- No history of mental health illnesses (bi-polar, schizophrenia, other diagnosed disorders)
- No use of anti-depressants or anxiety medication within the last 12 months
For a full detail of the surrogacy qualifications please visit the Do I Qualify page.
Compensation for Surrogates in Connecticut
Family Inceptions offers considerable compensation, and the opportunities that this can open up for surrogate mothers are nearly endless. Whether you choose to put a down payment on your home, save up to send your own children to college, or create a small business for yourself, there are many ways that this money can greatly benefit you and your family.
Surrogates in Connecticut earn at least $50,000 per pregnancy through Family Inceptions. Review our Benefits & Compensation page to learn more.
Of course, there is no way that the gift you bring to the future parents—and the rest of the world—could ever be quantified. It is a gift for which no one can ever repay you in full precisely because the life you will nurture, and all the hopes and dreams you carry, are priceless.
If you do fulfill these requirements, you can be well on your way to connecting with individuals looking to create a family. Family Inceptions will work with you to find a deserving family. Let us help you begin your journey to surrogacy.
Choose Family Inceptions in Connecticut
We have a plethora of experience in every aspect of surrogacy. In fact, our staff has experienced surrogacy and egg donation first hand, so we understand the process that many other agencies cannot bring to their clients. We give each family our individualized attention while alleviating frustrations that either the surrogate or intended family may have. Our goal is to ensure we meet all your needs from intake assessments to preparing for the child’s arrival. We hope to empower you, whether you are the gestational surrogate or intended parents, in all your choices.
Find a Connecticut Surrogate or Gestational Carrier
Helping intended parents find just the right surrogate mother in Middletown, Hartford or any other city in Connecticut, Family Inceptions understands the criteria that is important to all intended parents.
Why are Middletown, Hartford, Greenwich, New Haven, Norwalk and other Connecticut cities a good location for finding surrogate mothers?
- Large population
- Several top fertility centers in the area
- Friendly surrogacy laws
Surrogacy Law in Connecticut
Click here for a full overview of surrogacy laws in Connecticut, or read on for a synopsis.
Parentage in Connecticut may be determined through entering into a gestational agreement with a gestational surrogate. See Conn. Gen. St. Rev. § 7-36 (13). A gestational agreement is defined as being a written agreement for assisted reproduction in which a woman agrees to carry a child to birth for an intended parent or intended parents, which woman contributed no genetic material to the child and which agreement (A) names each party to the agreement and indicates each party’s respective obligations under the agreement, (B) is signed by each party to the agreement and the spouse of each such party, if any, and (C) is witnessed by at least two disinterested adults and acknowledged in the manner prescribed by law. See Conn. Gen. St. Rev. § 7-36 (16). An Intended Parent is defined as being a party to a gestational agreement who agrees, under the gestational agreement, to be the parent of a child born to a woman by means of assisted reproduction, regardless of whether the party has a genetic relationship to the child. See Conn. Gen. St. Rev. § 7-36 (17).
In Connecticut, Conn.Gen.Stat.§7-48a, relevant to Vital Statistics and the creation of birth records for a child, addresses gestational surrogacy and provides for the creation of a replacement birth certificate for a child born through surrogacy in cases where the Superior Court enters an order of parentage for parties to a valid gestational carrier agreement. In 2011, the Connecticut Supreme Judicial Court decided Raftopol v. Ramey, 12 A.3d 783, 299 Conn. 681 (2011), which established that Vital Records be required to name as parent(s) on a birth certificate the individual(s) determined to be the legal parents of a child born through a gestational surrogate on a court parentage order, whether the parent is genetically related to the child or not – whether the parent(s) used donor egg, donor sperm or donor embryos. It is important to note that in Connecticut, a court hearing will be required to obtain a pre-birth order at which all parties – parents and carrier and carrier’s spouse included – must (absent extenuating circumstances) attend.
There is no existing statute or case law in Connecticut that prohibits traditional (genetic) surrogacy, and therefore parties may enter into such arrangements in Connecticut.. Unlike with gestational surrogacy, however, a pre-birth order cannot be obtained in a traditional surrogacy. In Connecticut, a biological father may acknowledge paternity at the time of birth in order to establish his legal parentage and have his name recorded on the birth certificate. See Con Gen. Stat. § 46b-172. There are procedures established in the Connecticut Probate Courts to terminate parental rights of a parent post-birth. See Conn. Gen. Stat. § 45a-715. Provided it is executed at least forty-eight (48) hours post birth, a traditional surrogate may sign a voluntary surrender of her parental rights. Finally, to remove the surrogate’s name from the birth certificate and to establish the legal parental rights of the second, non-biological parent, a post birth step-parent adoption petition must be filed.