People often want to know how surrogacy will affect children, both the children born from surrogacy and the children of the surrogate mother. It seems hard enough to tell other adults about surrogacy, so talking to young children about it can be even more daunting.
The great news is that children often seem to understand surrogacy better than adults. There is something magical about a young child’s perspective, believing anything is possible, and truly knowing that all you need is love. The gift of surrogacy isn’t so hard for a child to understand; after all, the child knows what being cared for by another adult other than their own parent is like – and that’s exactly what surrogacy is.
There is more great news: there are a bunch of books written for young children about surrogacy. Here are a few recommendations:
The Kangaroo Pouch by Sarah Phillips Pellet
A little joey’s mom is helping another family have a baby and he guides us on the journey.
The Very Kind Koala by Kimberly Kluger-Bell
A koala couple needs the help of a kind koala in order to have a baby.
Why I’m So Special: A Book About Surrogacy by Carla Lewis-Long
A sweet picture book about why the baby born from surrogacy is so special. Lewis-Long also wrote a version of this book for surrogacy with two daddies.
Sophia’s Broken Crayons by Crystal Falk
Based on the questions the surrogate author was asked by her own 3 year old child, Sophia learns about the gift of surrogacy when her friends help her out with her broken crayons.
The Twin Kangaroo Treasure Hunt by Carmen Martinez Jover
A gay kangaroo couple introduces children to the journey of surrogacy.
More Than Four by Katie Carone
A family with two children suffering infertility goes on the surrogacy journey together.
Snuggle up, grab a tissue box and get reading! It’s a great way to get conversations about surrogacy with kids started, and to get questions answered.