Married heterosexual couples can access all of the surrogacy programs we offer – Colombia, Ukraine, Greece, Georgia and Russia. In all of those jurisdictions, you will obtain a birth certificate with both of your names on it as parents of the child.
There is no requirement to have been married for a certain period of time. If you are not legally married then you cannot access Ukraine as a de-facto (common law) couple. Previous clients in this situation have undertaken a civil registry marriage service in order to access the Ukraine program. In Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and Greece you will need to present a varying degree of evidence to show that you are unable to carry children or conceive yourselves. Ukraine has the most stringent requirements in this regard.
Gay couples cannot currently access our surrogacy programs in Ukraine, Georgia, Russia or Greece. However, in Russia, gay men were able to access the program as a SINGLE MAN. Despite this process having been undertaken and endorsed by the Russian courts, it is currently suspended.
CLAIMS BY ANY AGENCY THAT YOU CAN UNDERTAKE SURROGACY AS A SINGLE PARENT OR GAY COUPLE IN RUSSIA, UKRAINE OR GEORGIA SHOULD BE TREATED WITH SKEPTICISM AND EXTREME CAUTION. IT CAN ONLY BE DONE BY BREAKING THE LAW OR LYING ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP.
In Colombia, each man of a gay couple can enter an agreement with a separate surrogate mum, but the two men can share the eggs from one egg donor. This is called “egg-splitting”.
Currently, gay men, even as a single man, cannot access the surrogacy program in Greece. However, in 2015 the parliament legalised civil partnerships for gay couples, and in 2018 gay couples were allowed to foster children. The LGBT community in Greece remains hopeful that marriage and eventually surrogacy will become accessible to same-sex couples.
Lesbian couples can access the surrogacy programs in Colombia if they use the eggs of one mother or in Greece using donor eggs. In Greece and Colombia, one mother will have her name on the birth certificate.
Each woman in a gay relationship can access the surrogacy programs in Colombia, and Greece as a single woman. Upon birth, the birth certificate will show only the name of the biological mother.
Single Men or Women
Single men or women can access the surrogacy programs in Colombia provided they have a biological link to the child. Birth certificates will be issued for the children showing just one parent – the single IP in Colombia but the IP and the surrogate mother.
Single women can access the surrogacy program in Greece. At birth the child’s birth certificate will show only the mother’s name – being the biological mother.