Australian Couple Stuck In Canada with Baby Born Through Surrogacy

The Canadian Surrogate Mother gave up her parental rights to the baby but the Australian Passport office considers her a legal parent. This has prevented the Intended Parents from obtaining an Australian passport for the baby.

From: https://www.qnews.com.au/gay-queensland-dads-stuck-in-legal-limbo-with-their-toddler/

An Aussie gay couple are stuck in Canada after unsuccessful attempts to obtain an Australian passport for their young son born to a surrogate mother.

In Canada, the surrogate mother signed a statutory declaration rescinding her parental rights over the baby. But Australia’s Passport Office follows the Family Law Act and still considers the mother a parent, requiring her consent for the application.

A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement: “Under Australian law, a birth mother is considered to be a person with parental responsibility for a child, whether or not she has a biological link to the child or is named on the child’s birth certificate.

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