Rainbow Families is launching a new advocacy campaign - for law reform in relation to surrogacy laws and the status of parents whose children are born overseas.
For children born through international surrogacy their parents aren’t necessarily their legal parents. Under Australian law, parents raising their own children are not recognised as legal parents sometimes, leaving some children with less legal rights than their peers. We believe all children deserve equal rights. We want to make legal parentage easily transferred to parents who use international surrogacy to create their family.
Under Australian law the definition of a parent is the person who gives birth, and their partner at the time of conception. Other jurisdictions around the world have mechanisms in place to transfer parentage for children born through international surrogacy. Australia currently does not have a straightforward way of recognising intended parents as legal parents.
The purpose of this consultation is to understand the barriers faced by parents of children who were born through international surrogacy. We want to hear from parents of children who were born through international surrogacy who have lived, or currently reside in NSW. We will use the stories and responses to advocate for better recognition of our families and protection of our children.
If you are a parent through international surrogacy and live (or have lived) in NSW we want to hear from you.