Mary Catherine Barrett,
Counselor at Law


Can easily open the

That lets the spirit rise up and wear
Its favorite costume of
Mirth and laughter

When the mind is consumed with
Remembrance of

Something divine happens to the

Shapes the hand and tongue
And eye into
The word

From The Gift by Hafiz

Practice Areas

  • Domestic & International Adoptions
  • Surrogacy & Assisted Reproduction Law
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate for New and Growing Families

For over 25 years, Attorney Mary Catherine Barrett has specialized exclusively in surrogacy and adoption law. Mary Catherine provides compassionate, confidential assistance to young women looking to place their child for adoption, as well as families seeking to adopt domestically. In addition, she has assisted in the complicated process of international adoption with countries including Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Morocco, and India.

Her training in surrogacy law began in California in 1992 working with Noel Keane, the "father of surrogate parenting." She then returned to Ohio to start private practice. She is an Adjunct Professor of Surrogacy and Adoption Law at Case Western Reserve School of Law.

She has successfully assisted in over 300 domestic adoption arrangements. In addition, she has established parental rights for intended parents through surrogacy arrangements in over 10 counties in Ohio where it was a case of first impression. Mary Catherine is a frequent presenter speaking on topics including private placement adoptions, international adoptions, ovum donor legislation, and legality and enforceability of surrogate parenting contracts. Other speaking engagements have included presentations to high schools throughout Ohio, hospitals, churches and support groups. She welcomes the opportunity to educate and inform the community about myths and realities associated with adoption and surrogacy. Mary Catherine has published articles utilized by the Ohio State Bar Association and local bar associations.

Her non-profit involvement has mirrored her law practice, focusing on providing aid and assistance to children in Russian and Brazilian orphanages, coordinating gifts to mothers and children in community shelters, and transporting foreign children for adoption. Mary Catherine Barrett's professional associations and memberships include American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Ohio Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, COSE and Playhouse Square.

Mary Catherine welcomes your questions and encourages you to contact her to discuss your surrogacy and adoption needs.

Call 888-34-ADOPT photo


Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughter of Life's
Longing for itself.
They come through you but not from
And though they are with you yet they
belong not to you .

You may give them your love but not
your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not
their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of
tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even
in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek
not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries
with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your
Children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path
of the infinite, and He bends you with His
might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand
be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

From The Prophet
By Kahlil Gibran