Uniform Status of Children of Assisted Conception Act Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Status of Children of Assisted Conception Act (USCACA) was drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in 1988. The purpose of the legislation is to insure a certainty of legal parentage in cases where assisted conception is used. USCACA begins by defining the legal mother. According to the act, unless there is a valid contract between a married couple and a surrogate mother (and the states have a choice with respect to the validity of such contracts), any woman who carries a child to term is the "legal" mother, notwithstanding the form of conception. USCACA then establishes who the "legal" father is when there is an assisted conception. USCACA, also, addresses contracts between married couples and surrogate mothers.

The act has been adopted Virginia and North Dakota.