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.
Just as we can help you complete other kinds of adoption, the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson can walk you through every legality of adopting from foster care to help you successfully grow your family.When you decide to adopt a waiting foster child, the first thing you should do is contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services. While we can help you with the legalities of terminating parental rights and finalizing your adoption, you will need to work closely with the Department of Social Services to pass background screenings and be approved to foster or adopt from the foster care system. There are two ways you can adopt from foster care in South Carolina: by adopting a waiting child who is legally free for adoption or fostering to adopt. Click on the link below to read more about the process.