Message from Circle Surrogacy Founder and President John Weltman:
In keeping with our belief that surrogacy will continue to be better in the United States, we are delighted to announce that, effective today, Washington, D.C. has begun permitting surrogacy. This was subject to review by the U.S. Congress before becoming effective. This means that we can begin accepting surrogates from Washington D.C. as of today.
April 7, 2017–The Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016 authorized surrogate contracts for surrogacy arrangements where the surrogate is represented by independent counsel different from the intended parent’s counsel.
Previously, Washingtonians could pay fines up to $10,000 and even serve up to one year in jail. The law prohibited non-compensated surrogacy and altruistic surrogacy.
Now surrogacy contracts are enforceable. Moreover, the new law includes guidelines to help intended parents establish parentage.
Since it was founded in 2001, CFC has not accepted any gestational surrogate candidate from the District. Today, that policy changes, to the delight of both women who want to be surrogates and prospective parents living in DC.