The emotions that recently experienced Spanish families, who had been waiting for months in Kiev for a decision on the registration of their children born to Ukrainian surrogates, could not be hidden. When they were informed that their children finally went through the registration procedure and became full citizens of Spain, they could not believe their happiness, they were overwhelmed with a feeling of delight and, of course, the feeling of the greatest relief. “No one can imagine what this means for us. Today, as if the sun has risen over Kiev. This is a great day!”, -  shares her feelings Ana Reyes Rodríguez, one of the Spanish mothers who participated in the surrogacy program in the Ukrainian capital. “We are incredibly happy that we have achieved this result,” she repeated without ceasing. Two days ago, when the Spanish consul in Kiev announced to her husband that their surrogate child was denied registration as a Spanish citizen, she was absolutely sure that they would have a long wait and difficult trials because they did not have a judicial decision on their hands, which could provide a positive solution. But suddenly it turned out that the embassy and the consulate received a few days ago a new instruction from the Directorate General of Registries and Notaries, in accordance with which the previous resolution had to be replaced with an obligatory DNA test confirming that the father of the newborn is a Spanish citizen. This instruction applies to countries such as Ukraine, where a system for confirming the origin with DNA test  has not yet been provided.

Having received such a circular, Spanish institutions abroad were forced to immediately begin its implementation, so the Spanish consulate in Kiev had to contact Spanish families who had already been denied registration. Employees of the consular department called them and said that they would return to review of cases next week because they were studying the results of DNA analysis.

President of the Son Nuestros Hijos Association, which protects the rights of families participating in international surrogacy programs and actively contributes to the legal regulation of this institution in Spain, Marcos Hornet (Marcos Jornet), also expressed his satisfaction with the new order:

“We had months of struggle and attempts to change the resolution of the General Directorate of Registers and Notaries of 2010, which is clearly outdated and did not meet the challenges of today. Now our efforts are rewarded because a legal instrument has appeared to be in Spain, with the help of which our children, no matter where they are born, can be registered in the Spanish civil status register with a guarantee of legal security.”



Based on materials from the Spanish edition ABC

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