Reproductive Attorney, Theresa Erickson has an interesting blog over at Fertility Authority today called “Who Wants to Adopt their own Children?” It’s about the concept of the “intended parent” in third party reproduction such as surrogacy. Michael Jackson has been the case in point as his children’s biological orgins and his use of a surrogate to create his family have been the foder of talking heads from The Today Show to CNN.
On these media channels we are treated to Micheal’s friends as they come forth with pictures of their daughters – asking us to see just how much they look MIchael’s children. And then comes the question – did Michael legally adopt his children? Who do they belong to?
In the state of California it is all about the power of intention! If the intended Mother or Father is using a surrogate regardless of their biological connections to the children – all they need to do is sign an agreement with the surrogate that the intended parents will assume all parental rights upon the birth of the child. Michael Jackson didn’t need to be biologically related to his children or adopt them. He signed an agreement to assume the role of the intended parent. And the state of California honored that intention and put Michael Jackson on the birth certificate of all of his children.
The life story of Michael Jackson is the stuff of legends, fables, and mystery. But one thing is clear – he was a Daddy – and it was a role that he intended.