Circle Founder and President, John Weltman, an experienced assisted reproductive technology (ART) attorney and Circle’s Natalie Kanellis coauthored an article for the Fall 2015 issue of the American Journal of Family Law. The article, entitled “What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know About ART Issues” offers a comprehensive overview of the world of surrogacy and gamete donation and touches on contracts, birth orders, and adoption.
To accomplish the legal goals of an ART arrangement, Weltman and Kanellis argue, “it is necessary to meticulously manage all of the legal intricacies of the surrogacy, to make sure that all of the parties are properly represented and understand all of the legal documents and procedures, and to create an atmosphere of dedication to the best interests of the parties involved and especially to the babies.”
Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services, Dean Hutchison, has been appointed Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee. This is a tremendous honor for Dean and we congratulate him on this achievement.
According to its website, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Committee “studies and reports on the legal and ethical ramifications of advances in the technology of assisted reproduction, and in the science of genetics, that relate to family law.” It has shaped public policy, legislation, court decisions. Recently, the Committee has helped draft model regulations for states to regulate ART issues.
The Committee also assists in the learning and development of younger attorneys, and provides continuing education for established attorneys.
Dean will be responsible for putting together topics for all classes and panels for various national conferences throughout the year. He will also be assist with implementing and planning the two family law conferences– one held in the spring and the other in the fall
At Circle Surrogacy, Dean assists intended parents with the drafting of contracts, parentage actions, step-parent and second-parent adoptions; addresses insurance questions; and conducts legal consultations. Dean received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond and his law degree from Suffolk University. He was recognized as Rising Star in Massachusetts Super Lawyer and Boston Magazine in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.
The Shanghai, Chinese weekly magazine Xinmin Weekly called upon Circle for an article on the growing trend of Chinese intended parents pursuing surrogacy in the United States. Circle President and Founder, John Weltman, noted that Circle has been helping Chinese intended parents living in the UK and the US for at least 8 years. The trend of groing numbers of intended parents from mainland China has picked up in the last two years.
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Scott explained that, while surrogacy is expensive, it is not only for the wealthy. With some planning and the right resources, intended parents with tighter budgets can manage the process. He also noted that it is advisable to have extra funds set aside in case of unanticipated events.
Circle has introduced a number of programs to keep expenses low and make them predictable as possible. Among them are: Unlimited Matching, which allows all Circle intended parents to be matched with as many surrogates and/or egg donors as needed without paying any additional agency fees; Unlimited IVF plans, which have been developed with partner IVF clinics and allow for as many retrievals and transfers as needed for a single price; and, most recently, the Fixed Fee program, which allows intended parents to “know exactly what they will pay for agency fees, surrogate and egg donor fees, and legal work from the beginning."
Scott also noted that Circle’s partnership with Prosper Healthcare Lending gives its U.S. intended parents access to additional financing options.
In a story on the growing trend of Chinese intended parents pursuring surrogacy in the United States, CNN Money called upon John Weltman and other experts in the field of assisted reproductive technology.
"I've never seen anything like what I've seen with the Chinese," John said of the increase in inquiries from China.