Kingsley Napley lawyers attend Alternative Families Conference in London

26 September 2011

Miranda Baker and I attended the Alternative Families Conference in Covent Garden this weekend (17 September). The conference aimed to provide information to same sex families and single parents on issues such as how to conceive, how to deal with parenthood and understanding the legal issues involved with foreign surrogacy.

This year’s show was the second and organisers indicated there were many more attendees at the conference this year than last. The range of seminars on the day, including “legal aspects of surrogacy in the US”, “considering donor conception”, “fostering and adoption” and “the latest in IVF, egg donation and surrogacy trends” gave attendees the chance to ask questions about a wide range of fertility related issues, both at home and abroad. Many attendees took the opportunity to speak to surrogacy law experts and US surrogacy agencies.

As I set out in my blog on 13 January 2011 the law in relation to surrogacy in England and Wales is moving forward at a pace. As of 6 April 2010, civil partners and couples living together in “an enduring family relationship” can now apply to the English Court for a Parental Order following the birth of a child by a surrogacy arrangement (subject to the conditions set out in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008).

Fertility law and the legislation surrounding surrogacy arrangements in this country is complex and the Alternative Families Conference gave same sex couples a great deal of food for thought and support in their journeys to become parents.

For further information about the points to bear in mind from a legal perspective if you are considering surrogacy in England or abroad, please read our surrogacy law leaflet.

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