Chinese babies born to American surrogates is a niche business that is growing in the United States. Various factors appear to be behind the trend, including infertility, the promise of American citizenship for children born in the U.S., and in some cases, a way to navigate around China's one-child policy. Taking a closer look at what's involved, CCTV News interviews John Weltman, founder and president of Circle Surrogacy.
Circle's intended parents, George and Farid, share their journey to parenthood through surrogacy as New York residents. The couple was matched with surrogate Jeni Denhof, who lives in Denver, Colorado. The three had a wonderful surrogacy, and George and Farid welcomed two beautiful, healthy twins.
“When all was said and done, Farid and George returned home to New York with two beautiful babies, Milena and Gustavo. Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the red tape. After a 16-month long second parent adoption process, which included the couple having to educate the courts about their unique family dynamic, retrieving signed custody release forms from the surrogate and even the surrogate’s husband, the children legally belong to their intended parents. During that time, they incurred legal expenses and uncertainty and were not able to travel because the legal parentage was not finalized.”
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SCOOP’s “Fifty Shades of Fatherhood” takes a look at the emerging role of the modern dad. The article takes a look at proud yet unconventional fathers (stay-at-home, single, gay) who are redefining what it means to be a parent in today’s day in age.
One section of the article focuses Greg Chang and Mark Davis, a same-sex couple who became parents through Circle Surrogacy. “We do whatever it takes to be the best parents, sharing the playing time, feeding time, cleaning time and everything in between,” says Greg. Click here to read full article.
Circle's Founder and President, John Weltman, Talks with Reuters about Chinese Surrogacy in the U.S.
Wealthy Chinese are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business. John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy's founder and president, weighs in on the topic, offering insight on the future of surrogacy for Chinese intended parents.
Boston-based Circle Surrogacy has handled half a dozen Chinese surrogacy cases over the last five years, said president John Weltman.
"I would be surprised if you called me back in four months and that number hadn't doubled," he said. "That's the level of interest we've seen this year from China and the very serious conversations we've had with people who I think will be joining us in the next three to four months."
The cost of surrogacy is a hot topic. And LIVESTRONG's article Surrogate Mother Facts hits on said topic, among some others. Writer Julie Boehlk discusses the process of surrogacy, the types, information about carriers, the costs, and potential risks. Click here to read the article.