International Parenting

Gestational surrogacy is an incredible family-building option that has helped many couples become parents when they otherwise could not. However, surrogacy is prohibited in many countries around the world, such as France and Switzerland. Other countries face restrictions, including China, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and The Netherlands. As a result, intended parents throughout the world turn to the United States for surrogacy and egg donation.


U.S. Surrogacy

The United States is widely considered to be the preferable country for surrogacy among Europeans and other international gay and heterosexual parents due to its favorable legal, societal and medical conditions. 45 of 50 U.S. states permit compensated surrogacy. The United States also offers a supportive environment for surrogates and intended parents.

Having children through U.S. surrogacy can be relatively easy for international intended parents. It is only necessary to come to the United States 2 to 4 times—for the clinic visit and birth (both are required) and for the transfer and the 20-week ultrasound (preferred).


Returning Home

Departures from the United States are easy, as well. All children born in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens. Therefore, most international intended parents return to their country within 4-6 weeks of their children’s discharge from the hospital with the birth certificate and U.S. passports. They can also obtain passports from their home country while in the U.S. or upon return. Depending on legal work, you may be able to go home sooner.


Global Efforts

Departures from the United States are easy, as well. All children born in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens. Therefore, most international intended parents return to their country within 4-6 weeks of their children’s discharge from the hospital with the birth certificate and U.S. passports. They can also obtain passports from their home country while in the U.S. or upon return. Depending on legal work, you may be able to go home sooner.


Why Should You Choose Circle?

Circle's success with international clients is based on the special attention that is given to addressing every country's needs and legal circumstances. We have legal contacts in most countries and partner with local organizations and lawyers to ensure that we are providing our clients with a complete solution to safely return home after the birth of their child, or children. Circle's staff regularly meets with intended parents for free surrogacy consultations in their own countries and cities as well as via Skype. View our schedule of upcoming events here. Once officially signed on with our U.S. surrogacy program, we lead all intended parents through the logistical, legal, and administrative processes, from day one of their journey, to gaining full custody of their newborns and returning home.