Protecting Modern Families Coalition

In 2018, Family Equality formed the Protecting Modern Families Coalition to advocate for the Child-Parent Security Act in New York state. The Child-Parent Security Act legalizes gestational surrogacy and modernizes New York State parentage law.

Protecting Modern Families Coalition

In 2018, Family Equality formed the Protecting Modern Families Coalition to help advance the Child-Parent Security Act in New York state.

The Child-Parent Security Act is a law in New York state that legalizes gestational surrogacy and provides a simple path to establish legal parental rights for parents who rely on assisted reproductive technology (ART) to have children. The Child-Parent Security Act was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 3, 2020.


To learn more about the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) and the protections it provides for parents, surrogates, and children born using assisted reproductive technology, visit our CPSA Resource page:


About the Coalition

The coalition brought together advocates from LGBTQ+, women’s, religious, and infertility organizations to work alongside champions in the Senate, the Assembly and the Governor’s office to overhaul New York’s outdated parentage laws. In the New York legislature, the lead sponsors of the Child-Parent Security Act were Assembly Member Amy Paulin and Senator Brad Hoylman.

View recent coalition press releases:

Supporting Organizations

The following organizations supported the Protecting Modern Families Coalition in advocating for passage of the Child-Parent Security Act in New York state:

Letters in Support of the Child-Parent Security Act

The following letters were submitted to the New York State government as part of the campaign to pass the Child-Parent Security Act:

Child-Parent Security Act Stories

Many advocates shared their personal stories in coordination with the Protecting Modern Families Coalition, demonstrating the need to modernize New York law. Click the links to below to view some some of these stories:

Selected Media Coverage

Data Shows Public Support for Child-Parent Security Act

Before the Child-Parent Security Act passed, the Protecting Modern Families Coalition shared results of a poll of likely voters in New York State examining views on the issue of legalizing gestational surrogacy in January 2020.

The poll showed broad public support for allowing compensated gestational surrogacy.

CPSA 2020 Poll - 63% favor allowing regulated , compensated surrogacy in New York
CPSA 2020 Poll - 71% of female voters favor allowing regulated, compensated surrogacy in New York
CPSA 2020 Poll - A majority of voters favor allowing regulated, compensated surrogacy in New York regardless of party affiliation

The poll was conducted by Data for Progress

Download the complete poll dataset here.