Our own Megan Cohen, managing attorney of Family Formation, has been honored with Super Lawyers’ Rising Star recognition for the second year in a row. Megan is passionate about open adoption and surrogacy. She is one of the only adoption attorneys in the country who is also a birth mother, which gives her an intimate … Continue reading Family Formation’s Megan Cohen Receives Super Lawyer Award For Second Year in a Row
The Topeka Capital Journal reported earlier this week about the case in which William Marotta answered a Craigslist ad to act as a sperm donor for a same sex couple. The state of Kansas now contests that Marotta is a father, owing child support to the three year old girl. This assertion is contested … Continue reading Craigslist Sperm Donor Case
The debate continues as to whether adoptees should have access to information about their birth parents. Some states are considering legislation which would allow adoptees access to their adoption records. Adoption records are confidential and information cannot be released without a court order. In this story (link below), Kathleen put her baby up for adoption … Continue reading Should adoptees have access to information about their birth parents?
At Family Formation, we have had a surrogacy program for over twenty-five years and during that time, case law in California relating to gestational surrogacy has become well established. Solid case law does not provide such a reassuring foundation in many other states and in many countries in the developed world, gestational surrogacy remains outside … Continue reading Landmark Decision in Irish Surrogacy Case
As you research surrogacy programs and assisted reproduction attorneys, always check for membership in professional organizations which are exclusive, carry high ethical standards, and are self-regulating. These include the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. Compare this with membership in the California Bar Association, which is … Continue reading Theresa Erickson pleads guilty to baby-selling
Be sure to ask your tax professional about adoption tax credits. If you adopted a special needs child or have expenses associated with an adoption that did not go through, you may qualify for adoption tax credits. Check out our other blog postings about this topic. You might also find this article interesting–found on CNNMoney, … Continue reading Don’t forget to claim credits on your taxes for adoption expenses
PFC is seeking women between the ages of 21 and 42, with a BMI between 18 and 32, and who have had no more than 2 previous failed IVF cycles to participate in a study to determine the value of combining traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, with IVF. You may contact them at (415) 834-3095 … Continue reading Pacific Fertility Center Seeking Participants for IVF Study
Visit FPNC’s website to learn more about their innovative conference, virtual conference-call support group. Next meeting is this Wednesday July 20
According to the Wall Street Journal, the new adoption treaty between Russia and the United States would require extensive reporting by agencies. Under this agreement, Russian authorities would receive ongoing reports for children adopted by US parents. Agencies would be responsible for tracking Russian adoptees until age 18 and reporting on the home environment, how … Continue reading Extensive monitoring in adoptions from Russia
We’ve just learned about this organization which provides grants to needy couples facing infertility. They are a Florida-based non-profit and looks like they’ve given out five grants per year over the past 2 years. Application deadline is July 31, 2011. Visit their website for more information at . And if you need help with a … Continue reading B.U.M.P.S Assists Couples Facing Infertility — Grant money!