When choosing a surrogacy clinic abroad- many intended parents are considering Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know.
Ukraine surrogacy sees thousands of families each year, with that number expected only to rise. Many intended parents from all over the world look to the country for their surrogacy needs. As an intended parent, you too may be considering Ukraine surrogacy, and if you are, here is a full outline of what you need to know before you take the leap.
Ukraine Surrogacy Agencies
Maybe one of the first things you should look through when considering a surrogacy clinic abroad, are the surrogacy clinics of the country in question – in this case Ukraine. The Ukraine has had one of the biggest booms in terms of reliable and competent surrogacy clinics, offering an extensive range of options for most families. The surrogacy agency you choose is important because “ they can help you through all the steps that surrogacy has, being it laws, stress, worriedness or/and all other difficulties you might have during your surrogacy process” says a representative for ilaya Clinic, a surrogacy agency that offers Ukraine Surrogacy for intended parents.
Laws Concerning Surrogacy
While it can be exciting to think that you may be able to become a parent, especially following a struggle with infertility, it’s important to understand the legal framework of any country you choose to secure a surrogacy arrangement through. What makes surrogacy in Ukraine so popular among most international parents is the strict legislation that the country has in place regarding its surrogacy contracts. Ukraine has laws that places the full custodial rights of the child directly in the hands of the intended parents. This means that intended parents are listed directly on the child birth certificate. Even if they used donor materials. No other parties are mentioned on the child’s birth certificate. The law also states that the child belongs to the intended parents following conception. Which places the custodial rights in the hands of the parents far before that of other countries.
In many countries, intended parents must petition courts for parental rights following surrogacy. This can be time consuming as well as expensive. Ukraine offers intended parents a much more comprehensive legal structure than other countries. However, it does have its drawbacks for some couples. Because the legal framework in the Ukraine is so comprehensive, couples must be legally married to be able to qualify for a Ukraine surrogacy contract. This can make the process difficult, if not impossible, for the LGBTQ+ communities and single parent households looking for a surrogate.
Another novel legal structure that Ukraine has in place are laws that specifically protect the interest and well being of the surrogate herself. While surrogates cannot at anytime claim any parental rights to the baby, they themselves are protected under Ukrainian law. Surrogates must be between the ages of 25-33 years of age, have at least one child, naturally, of their own, and may not be legally related to the intended parents. Surrogates must also pass several mental and physical exams to ensure that they are fit for the position of being a surrogate. All of these laws and those concerning the parentage of the child are outlined and agreed upon in the Surrogacy Agreement. Which is a legally binding document that must be properly negotiated before a surrogacy can be performed.
Necessary Documents and Paperwork
Because of the tight restrictions and well-regulated legal framework for surrogacy in Ukraine, there are a few necessary documents and paperwork that intended parents must have in order to proceed with the services. Intended parents must be able to provide legal and valid passports, along with photocopies of them, for both the mother and the father of the child. Intended parents must provide a valid and legal marriage certificate, along with apostille. They must also provide legal and irrefutable evidence (as provided by a letter from the family physician) that the couple are unable to reproduce in any other way and must be diagnosed with infertility.
There are a few conditions that constitute a diagnosis of infertility, including: disease or trauma that results in physiological inability to conceive or carry a child, multiple failed IVF attempts, any condition that would put the mother’s health in serious jeopardy should she carry the child herself. Your family physician should also state that, in their own professional medical opinion, surrogacy is the best option available for intended parents. Parents should also bring with them full copies of their own medical records and pertinent medical history.
Another aspect that makes surrogacy in Ukraine such a promising prospect for many intended parents is the low cost of services and ease of travel. The country itself is beautiful, and filled with warm and welcoming people. Making it easy for many westerners to explore and enjoy throughout the surrogate process. There are no current travel restrictions or special visas required for most people to visit the Ukraine for less than 90 consecutive days. For many European parents, cost of airfare to the country is very reasonable.
Ukraine has excellent medical care and services as well as a large English-speaking population. This tied in with the country being conveniently located in mainland Europe, makes it a simple choice for many parents who are looking to expand their families.