Rhode Island Surrogacy Laws

There is no Rhode Island case law or any state statute that prohibits would-be parents from practicing either gestational surrogacy or traditional surrogacy in Rhode Island. As a result, both types of surrogacy are permitted in this state and are practiced throughout Rhode Island cities like Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.

Laws Concerning Parentage Orders in Rhode Island

Rhode Island statute allows for courts to grant pre-birth parentage orders. If a married woman gives birth to a child, her husband is assumed to be the father, and his surname will be placed on the child’s birth certificate (Gen. Laws 1956, § 23-3-10.).

In situations where the mother is not married, the mother’s surname will be placed on the child’s birth certificate unless both parents consent to the paternity of the child or obtain permission to do otherwise through a valid court order (Gen. Laws 1956, § 23-3-15).

Egg and Sperm Donor Law in Rhode Island

There is no Rhode Island case law or any statute governing the rights, obligations, and interests of a Rhode Island sperm donor, egg donor, or embryo donor for the purposes of assisted reproduction.

Rhode Island Stepparent and Second-Parent Adoption Law

Rhode Island statute allows for a stepparent to adopt their spouse’s child. Rhode Island statute permits a stepparent or blood relative to adopt the child without requiring a pre-adoption report as would otherwise be required during the course of an adoption (Gen. Laws 1956, § 15-7-2.1.).

Fertility Clinics in Rhode Island

Reach Out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc.

Rhode Island may be a small state, but you’ll find plenty of ways to complete your family through surrogacy if you contact an experienced surrogacy professional at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc.

For help understanding and navigating Rhode Island surrogacy laws, call us at 412-884-2229 or click the contact buttons above.