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The New Families Study

What is it?

The aim of our study is to examine parenting and child development in families headed by same-sex couples who created their families using assisted reproduction.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for families headed by gay couples who conceived via surrogacy, and families headed by lesbian couples who conceived using donor insemination, who live in the USA, and in which children are aged between 3 and 9 years old.

What does it involve?

Taking part in the study will take around 2 hours. We would like to interview you and your partner about your family life and give you some questionnaires to fill out. We would also like to ask your child about their family life. Lastly, we will invite you and your partner to each take part in a play task with your child. 

What are the benefits?

We hope to broaden public and professional understanding of diversity in family life and inform legislators and policy makers around the world about the needs of new families. 

For taking part in our study you will receive $75 Amazon voucher

But perhaps most importantly, it will be a fun and enjoyable experience for you and your family!

Okay, so how do I take part?

  • Families attending Family Week in Provincetown: Sophie, Sooz and Lucy are coming all the way from Cambridge, England, to Family Week in Provincetown! We invite you to come and visit us in our central location – see our flyer for more information
  • Families living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut: two members of our research team will come and visit you in your home at a time that is convenient for you. See our flyer for more information.
  • For families living elsewhere in the United States: please email us to let us know that you are interested in the study.


If you would like to take part or learn more about our study, please contact us via our webform, email families@hermes.cam.ac.uk

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