In the 2011 Raftopol v. Ramey case, Victoria Ferrara was lead counsel for the plaintiffs, where she helped them obtain legal parenthood without having to adopt their baby born through surrogacy.
In the decision, the court interpreted a Connecticut state statute to mean that if you are not biologically related to your child, but you sign a valid gestational agreement prior to the child’s birth, you are the child’s legal parent. Before this ruling, legal parentage could only be established after the child was born through adoption.
After the Supreme Court decision, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the statute at issue to clarify ambiguities identified by the court and to support the decision.
An Experienced Professional Can Ensure a Watertight Gestational Agreement
In Connecticut, an intended parent now has the right to be a legal parent – as long as the gestational agreement is found valid by the court. It is therefore crucial to consult an attorney with extensive knowledge about the requirements for such a contract.
Attorney Ferrara stated in a presentation to the American Bar Association, “Surrogacy is an arrangement of fragile relationships and risks. The relationships are made stronger with the help of competent professionals… during all phases of the surrogacy journey.”
We are ready to help you overcome the challenges on your journey.
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Beth Anne Ferraro
Beth Anne Ferraro
Beth Anne is the administrative leader of operations at Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC and The Ferrara Law Group, PC. Since 2007, she has successfully managed the two growing firms. Beth Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy College in New York and is an extraordinary, skilled administrator, always making sure that the Worldwide team is focused on its primary goal of providing concierge quality support services to intended parents seeking to have children through surrogacy.
Beth Anne brings over fifteen years of executive assistant and office management experience to the position.
Kim serves as our executive assistant and paralegal, and her keen attention to detail makes her a key player at Worldwide. She brings twenty-six years of executive assistant and paralegal experience to Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists and The Ferrara Law Group, PC.
Extremely knowledgeable about legal matters, Kim prepares all of our pre- and post-birth orders, making the process seamless for our clients. Kim also maintains Vicki’s busy calendar by coordinating consultations and appointments with intended parents. She received her Associates Degree in Science from Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.