08 Apr 2020 International Intended Parents: Getting Home with Your Baby During COVID-19
Join assisted reproductive technology attorneys Rich Vaughn and Molly O’Brien of International Fertility Law Group as they share information and advice for international intended parents planning to travel for the births of their babies via surrogacy in the United States during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Getting your baby home. With many government offices shuttered during the COVID-19 outbreak, obtaining your baby’s birth certificate may take longer than normal. Passports applications have been delayed even more: before the COVID-19 outbreak, the turnaround time for an expedited passport was a couple of days to a week; currently the turnaround is six to eight weeks without emergency justification. In some cases, it may be easier to obtain a passport or a “laissez passer” from the home country rather than from the U.S. As always, it is important that IPs consult closely with their local attorneys for advice on the safest, most expeditious way to obtain travel documents.
For intended parents, surrogates, donors and reproductive health professionals the COVID-19 pandemic has created a host of obstacles and complications that make the challenging road to parenthood via ART even more challenging. We hope you will take comfort in the knowledge that the virus has brought surrogacy professionals in the United States together as never before. You are not alone. We all are working together as a community, sharing answers, sharing resources, and sharing support.
For more from Molly and Rich for intended parents planning travel to the U.S. for your baby's birth, see our video on getting here during COVID-19.
For more information and resources for intended parents, surrogates donors and 3rd-party matching programs coping during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, visit our multi-media library of COVID-19 information.
Find a transcript of the complete video presentation here.