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Surrogacy: new parents stuck in US amid Covid-19 shutdown

Britons James and Rob Washington are among many people unable to get documents for their newbornsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJames Washington, a 37-year-old lawyer originally from Norfolk, UK, was on the US Department of State website last Thursday trying to arrange a passport to take his newborn son, born via surrogate, back home, when a message popped up. Due to coronavirus, the US authorities would only be issuing passports for life-and-death emergencies. Everyone else would have to wait.It’s a decision that has left Washington and his husband, Rob, 36, stuck in an AirBnB in Portland, Oregon, with an 11-day-old baby. Under normal circumstances, the Washingtons would have applied for a US passport for their son, before bringing him back to their home in Amsterdam, and applying for a parental order through the British courts. (Both men are British citizens, but live in the Netherlands.) Continue reading...

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