Reaction to Russian Adoption Ban

Posted by Sanford Benardo on December 29th, 2012 in Adoption, Ethics, Legislation, Noteworthy Decisions | No Comments »

For years, the international adoption program in Russia has offered thousands of children facing bleak futures the chance to thrive in the homes of loving US adoptive parents. To make a political statement [filled with collateral damage], Russia has now closed this avenue. Additionally, Russia’s throw-in comment that part of its reasoning for this decision is that children have been abused in significant numbers after arriving in the US is nothing more than a nonsensical attempt at justification.

But the Russia ban also raises other issues and exposes long-held myths regarding international vs. domestic adoption. Some adoptive parents are drawn to international adoption out of a fear that domestic adoption means a less secure adoption: one that involves the continued threat that biological parent(s) will “take the child away” after placement. The reality is that if properly handled – with separate lawyers for biological and adoptive parents – and complete documentation/court proceedings, this is beyond a remote possibility. Other times, adopters here in the US are under the false belief that it takes years to locate a suitable situation [birth mother] or that the costs of a domestic adoption far exceed the costs of an international adoption. With smart marketing, the time to placement can be months and not years [though it is hard to gauge with more specificity] and costs – on average – are on a par with most international adoptions.

Sanford Benardo on Huffington Post panel

Posted by Sanford Benardo on December 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Sanford Benardo participated on a Huffington Post panel discussing the responsible use of online resources for locating children to adopt.

The “Lightly Regulated” US Fertility Industry: The Myth Continues

Posted by Sanford Benardo on March 28th, 2012 in Assisted Reproduction, Egg Donation, Ethics, Legislation, Surrogacy | No Comments »

Countries – indeed, whole regions of the world – which disallow or severely curtail IVF and/or gamete donation are often mistakenly called “highly regulated” environments. Heavy restrictions, usually [...] Continue Reading…

Sanford Benardo to Guest on “The View”

Posted by ACARAL on June 22nd, 2011 in ACARAL News, Popular Culture, Surrogacy | No Comments »

Sanford M. Benardo, Esq, president of ACARAL and Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, will be a guest on ABC’s The View.

Airing Friday, June 24th at 11:00 AM the episode will focus on [...] Continue Reading…

New Jersey – Woman Who Conceived Child With Donated Sperm and Turkey Baster Could Not Terminate Sperm Donor’s Parental Rights

Posted by Adam Sklar on June 13th, 2011 in Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, Noteworthy Decisions | No Comments »

A New Jersey Court refused to terminate the parental rights of a sperm donor at the request of the donor and the mother of the child who was conceived [...] Continue Reading…

New Jersey: Intended Mother Not Biologically Related to Child Must Adopt

Posted by Adam Sklar on February 24th, 2011 in Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Legislation, Noteworthy Decisions, Surrogacy | No Comments »

The appellate division held that a married woman had to adopt her husband’s child.

The child was created with her husband’s sperm and a donor egg.   The resultant embryo was [...] Continue Reading…

Justification for the Surrogacy Exclusion

Posted by Sanford Benardo on February 4th, 2011 in Surrogacy | No Comments »

Hard as it may seem for a surrogacy lawyer to write, insurance companies should not underwrite prenatal care and delivery expenses for surrogates. [...] Continue Reading…

Gay Adoption Case Originating in Louisiana Back Before Federal Appeals Court

Posted by Adam Sklar on January 19th, 2011 in Adoption | No Comments »

Despite rulings from a Federal District Court and the Appellate Division of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Louisiana insists that the names of a child’s parents cannot be [...] Continue Reading…

Connecticut Supreme Court Honors Gestational Surrogacy Agreement Establishing Parentage

Posted by Adam Sklar on January 13th, 2011 in Assisted Reproduction, Noteworthy Decisions, Surrogacy, Technology | 1 Comment »

The Connecticut Supreme Court, on January 7, 2011, held that a gay man, not biologically related to his twins, could have his name placed on their birth certificates establishing legal parentage over them [...] Continue Reading…

ACARAL Members on Albany Law School Panel

Posted by Sanford Benardo on October 14th, 2010 in Adoption, Egg Donation | No Comments »

The Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology has dedicated its 20th anniversary symposium to assisted reproductive technology; Theresa Erickson and Sanford Benardo will be speaking. [...] Continue Reading…