Cafcass responds to surrogacy consultation

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on its proposals to modernise the laws around surrogacy.

Surrogacy – where a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to the child for another family – has become more common in the last decade due to technological advances and increasingly positive social and media attitudes towards surrogacy.

However, the Law Commission says the law governing surrogacy is outdated and not fit for purpose, prompting it to consult on various changes it believes will improve the surrogacy process.

Susie Blamire, Cafcass Practice Expert for assisted conception, says: “Drawing upon the extensive experience of our High Court Team and other practitioners nationally, our response aims to ensure that the needs and welfare of surrogate-born children are placed at the very centre of new legislation.”

A summary of Cafcass’ response to the consultation is here.

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