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A Child’s Perspective of Defining a Parent: The Case for Intended Parenthood

Linda D. Elrod, BYU Journal of Public Law

A child’s sense of belonging begins soon after birth as the child learns to rely on caregivers for food, shelter, and love. The child does not care how those persons are labeled, only that there is stability and continuity in everyday life. The child does not know whether he or she was the product of sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technologies (ART), whether he or she was born into a marriage or born to unmarried persons. The law, however, cares a great deal about these issues because a parent has a fundamental right to make decisions regarding the care, custody and control of his or her child; others do not…

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Topics: Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Technology / Surrogacy Law, Same Sex Parenting & Property Rights