According to news reports out of France from last week, it appears that France has finally changed their tune regarding surrogacy births overseas. There have been many of our own clients over the years who have had to live in fear regarding the legal recognition of their children, but not any longer.
Time Magazine stated the following:
France’s highest court has granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier and could lead to greater acceptance of new forms of families.
The Cour de cassation ruled Friday that, while surrogacy will remain banned in France, children born abroad through this practice will now be legally tied to their parents and will be granted birth certificates and immediate means to prove their French citizenship…
Until now, surrogate children were deprived of any legal connection to their parents, or any civil status in France. They were considered as children born from unknown legal parents, since their foreign birth certificates weren’t recognized. One lawyer has described them as “ghosts of the republic.”
Unlike other children born abroad to a French parent, these children couldn’t get automatic ID cards or passports, or register for state health care or other services.
This exposed them to frequent problems, because many basic tasks are impossible in France without an ID or authorization from a legal parent.
Congrats to all of the parents in France who have been dealing with this issue for so long – Viva La France!!