TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Topeka, Kan., man, a sperm donor in 2009, says he is now being held financially liable by the state for the child he helped conceive.
William Marotta, 46, responded to a Craigslist ad by a lesbian couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, seeking to have a child.
The couple split in 2010 but continue to co-parent the child and seven others they adopted, ranging in age from 3 months to 25 years.
DCF spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said Monday if a sperm donor "makes his contribution through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state law. In cases where the parties do not go through a physician or clinic, there remains the question of who actually is the father of a child or children. DCF is required by statute to establish paternity and then pursue child support from the non-custodial parent."