31 Aug 2013 Partner Agency Serves Growing Number of Single Dads
The Associated Press recently published an amazing article that focuses on the growing number of single men who are opting to become parents via egg donation and surrogacy. Amazing, in part, because this single article addresses so many leading-edge topics:
Single dads and surrogacy
Male “biological time clock”
Limited availability of and controversy surrounding commercial surrogacy
Challenges single men face in adopting
Gender stereotypes associated with parenting
Single parenthood as a deterrent to dating
I have a special interest in this article because the agency my husband and I used for our surrogacy, Growing Generations, is prominently featured as an agency that is very supportive of single intended fathers, both gay and straight.
Many single men who dream of becoming parents (but who haven’t yet met Ms. or Mr. Right) struggle with a sense that time is running out, similar to the urgency of the “biological time clock” women experience. Single men seeking to adopt may encounter delays and resistance due to their gay or straight single status. Yet restrictions on compensation for surrogates in many states and most countries make family formation via assisted reproductive technology (“ART”) a challenge for many single men. In India and Ukraine, two of the few countries where commercial surrogacy is allowed, single men are excluded.
One of the blessings of ART is that it increasingly offers the privilege of parenthood to those who never dreamed they would have that opportunity. As new technologies are developed and societal acceptance grows, more and more single people will seek out that opportunity. But with privilege comes responsibility: While it is essential that all intended parents enlist the legal expertise to protect their families, single parents in particular must make legal arrangements for guardianship and inheritance in the event of their untimely death or incapacity.
Read the AP article: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/surrogacy-men-opt-single-dads-20038743