IN RE: THE ADOPTION OF MALE CHILD A. F. C. BY: C. M. C. AND D. F. C., AND J. L. B. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 17, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; William E. Young, Solicitor General; Sara E. Sedgwick, Senior Counsel; Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tennessee Department of Health.

Attorneys 2:

Julie J. Tate, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellees, John Doe and Jane Doe.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Parents of a child born of a surrogate mother with an anonymously donated egg and the father’s sperm and Tennessee Department of Health appeal order entered in consolidated parentage and adoption proceedings which required the live birth certificate issued for the child to list the mother as “unknown.” Having determined that the definition of “mother” for the purpose of completing the birth certificate is the same as that used in preparing the standard birth certificate promulgated by the National Center for Health Statistics, we reverse the trial court’s decision and hold that the gestational carrier should be listed as the mother.

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