North Carolina Surrogacy Laws

There is no North Carolina case law nor any North Carolina statute that prohibits intended parents from practicing gestational surrogacy. The legality of traditional surrogacy in North Carolina is currently unclear. As a result, gestational surrogacy is permitted and practiced throughout North Carolina cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro.

Laws Concerning Parentage Orders in North Carolina

Courts grant North Carolina pre-birth parentage orders, but results can vary by county. Generally, courts will allow both intended parents to be declared the legal parents on a pre-birth order if at least one parent is genetically related to the child.  

In situations where a child is born to an unwed mother, paternity can be established by the father signing an affidavit of parentage (N.C.G.S.A. § 110-132.).   

Egg and Sperm Donor Law in North Carolina

There is no North Carolina statute or case law identifying the rights, duties, or obligations of a person who donates eggs, sperm, or embryos for the purposes of assisted reproduction.

North Carolina Stepparent and Second-Parent Adoption Law

North Carolina statute allows for a stepparent in North Carolina to adopt their spouse’s child as long as the couple is married and the child has resided primarily with the biological parent and the stepparent for at least six months prior to the filing of the petition.

North Carolina does not allow for unmarried couples to adopt their partner’s child (N.C.G.S.A. § 48-4-101).

Fertility Clinics in North Carolina

Speak with Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc.

North Carolina surrogacy laws prove challenging for many hopeful parents and surrogates in the state. For help, reach out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. by calling 412-884-2229 or reach us through the contact buttons at the top of this page.