We Care Coalition

About the Connecticut Parentage Act (CPA)

The Connecticut Parentage Act (CPA) is pending state legislation that will ensure that all Connecticut children — regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the marital status, gender, or sexual orientation of their parents — have equal access to the security of a legal parent-child relationship.

Access the CPA Fact Sheet Here

 

Why is the Connecticut Parentage Act Needed?

Connecticut is the only New England state without protections or paths to parentage for non-biological parents to establish their legal relationship with their children. This means the legal relationship between many of the state’s LGBTQ parents and their children is insecure, which leaves children vulnerable. The CPA will fill gaps in existing law and ensure equal access to legal parentage for all children, including those with unmarried, same-sex, or nonbiological parents. Professor Douglas NeJaime and a group of Yale Law School students have been working to pass the Connecticut Parentage Act CPA since 2019.

The CPA is supported by:

  • Yale Law School students
  • GLAD (GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders), New England’s leading LGBT legal organization
  • Connecticut ACLU
  • Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) 
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
  • Family law attorneys, including Freed Marcroft LLC
  • Local LGBT organizations, including the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber, New Haven Pride Center, PFLAG Hartford, True Colors and the Triangle Community Center
  • Children’s advocacy organizations, including Connecticut Voices for Children and the Center for Children’s Advocacy
  • Fertility centers, including the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at UCONN and Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut
  • Fertility advocacy organizations, including Fertility Within Reach, RESOLVE New England, and Gay Parents to Be at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut
  • National Association of Social Workers – CT
  • The Ferrara Law Group PC
  • Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists LLC
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid


 

We Care Coalition

 

Get Involved

There are several ways to support passage of the CPA to ensure Connecticut protects all children and families.

Share your story

When families who have been impacted by the inability to secure their legal parent-child relationships tell their stories, people understand the clear importance of passing the CPA.

If you have a story about how current gaps in the law have put your family at risk, we invite you to complete this form. Someone from the We Care Coalition will be in touch to talk with you soon. All information will be kept confidential until we talk with you about how you’d like to share your story.

Join the CPA mailing list

Learn about opportunities to provide testimony, contact your legislators, attend coalition meetings and more.

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Stories in the Press About Parentage and the CPA

NBC: Changes to state parenting laws help fill gaps for same-sex couples

Mombian: Marriage Is Not Enough: Securing Parentage in New England and Beyond

Read more about the efforts of Yale Law School students to pass the Connecticut Parentage Act

 

Background

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which affirmed the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples, the Uniform Law Commission promulgated the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act (UPA) to update prior UPA provisions and integrate Obergefell’s core holding. The CPA’s proposed reforms build on the 2017 UPA as well as the CT Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 decision in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health — which recognized the constitutional right to marry for all CT families — by ensuring Connecticut law treats all parents and their children with equal dignity and respect. The law will also institute much-needed protections for children born through assisted reproduction and all parties involved in the surrogacy process. 

 

Contact Information

Professor Douglas NeJaime

Email: douglas.nejaime@yale.edu

Office: 203.432.4834

 


 

 

Ways to Engage


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