Spanish families with children trapped in Ukraine due to surrogacy

Several Spanish families who went to Ukraine to look for their children in the last stage of surrogacy were trapped when a quarantine was declared in the country due to the coronavirus and, due to the closure of the administrations, it was impossible for them to access the civil registry to obtain the birth certificate and citizenship of the newborn.

This was explained to Efe by one of those affected, Sergio Aznar, a native of Valencia, who with his wife, María Luz Marín, from Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia), moved to Kiev (Ukraine) on March 5 due to the forecast that the pregnant mother gave birth on March 8, as it happened, and although they were able to pick up the baby on day 11, the Ukrainian country began with a quarantine that prevented them from continuing with the legal process.

Aznar has specified that he and his wife, who live in Murcia, began the surrogacy process in 2017, eleven years after having been waiting for an adoption in Spain and natural motherhood being unfeasible, due to a cancer operation that Marín faced at age 24.

In this way, the procedures began, which were nearing completion, with a clinic that has provided them with accommodation during this period in which they should have continued with the legal documentation to be able to bring their baby to Spain, a process that began on 12 March with a paternity test.

"We knew the process; we had to have gone to the civil registry to give us the birth certificate and then to the Embassy, ​​although there they now deny you the registration of the minor because the Government, in February 2019, gave that instruction, but If we had obtained Ukrainian citizenship, we could have returned to Spain, "Aznar said.

This process, as he has pointed out, usually lasts around "two and a half or three months" and for them it would not have been a problem to have stayed there as long as "it would have been necessary", but, in this situation with the coronavirus They prefer to return to Spain with their son to stay close to the family.

"We ask for help so that from the consulate, which has authority, they give us a safe-conduct and provide us with the passport of our son," said Aznar, who has assured that they contacted the embassy via email and replied that "they cannot give the filiation of the minor because it is necessary to abide by the instruction".

The clinic has also informed them that, foreseeably this week, they will be able to obtain the certificate that would facilitate the processing, but, meanwhile, the family has asked the Government of Spain, where surrogacy is not allowed, to "in this situation leave of ideologies "and help them" make things easier ".


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