There are many pathways to building a family. As medical technology has improved, many individuals have turned to assisted reproduction. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a phrase describing when medical technology is used to assist in achieving a pregnancy. ART is a broad term that covers in vitro fertilization, ova (egg) donation, sperm donation, intrauterine insemination (IUI), gestational surrogacy, and other types of fertility (or infertility) treatments.
Within this broad description of ART, there is a category known as “third-party reproduction”. This term is used whenever the assistance of a third-party is needed to achieve the goal of achieving a viable pregnancy. This may involve the use of a donor (egg or sperm) or the use of a gestational carrier (surrogate) to gestate the child.
Medical technology has advanced more quickly than the law. As a result, if you are considering one or more methods of third-party reproduction, it is critically important that you consult with an attorney experienced in this area of the law to thoroughly understand the legal landscape before beginning this journey. Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and working in the field of Assisted Reproduction since 1994.
For experienced, ethical and compassionate representation, please contact our office today for more information.
We can't talk about adoption without talking about trauma, which might not be what you expect with a prompt of "silliness". But Dr. Karen Purvis, a researcher at the TCU Institute for Child Development, says, "Laughter has been shown to transmit calming connections across broad neurological terrain and promote learning. Play and silliness send the message that you mean no harm. You change the tone of the room whenever you find creative ways to have fun together."
If you're parenting a child from trauma or working to heal from your own trauma, don't underestimate the power of laughter and silliness to generate felt safety and calm. Read the whole article from Psychology Today through the link below.
November is National Adoption Month. We are using this as an opportunity to highlight the many aspects of adoption – the joy, the loss, and the importance of educating ourselves in best practice to support and represent every member of the adoption constellation. If you’d like to participate, please use the hashtag #jftadoptionmonth. We’d love to hear your experiences as well. #nationaladoptionmonth
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