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Circle Director of Legal Services Appointed Vice Chair of American Bar Association Committee

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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.

Circle Surrogacy Celebrates Milestone Birth of 1,000 Babies

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The surrogacy agency has been playing a vital role in the family-building options of surrogacy and egg donation since 1995. It has proudly been instrumental in helping gay, straight, and HIV+ intended parents from more than 68 countries start their families.

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New California Surrogacy Law Passes; Agency Holds Informational Session in Los Angeles, October 19, 2012

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Circle Surrogacy’s informational group meeting and individual consultations will give prospective parents a chance to hear about recent developments in assisted reproductive technology and law and offer them the opportunity to learn about becoming parents through surrogacy.

For infertile couples, gay couples, and single individuals, gestational surrogacy is life-changing.  It helps realize dreams of parenthood for those intended parents who need some assistance getting there. Legislation signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on September 23, 2012 recognizes this reality. The new law continues the state’s leadership in the field of surrogacy law.

The bill’s enactment adds new language to California’s Family Code, explicitly authorizing “assisted reproduction agreements for gestational carriers” and establishing guidelines. Assem. Bill No. 1217 (2011-2012 Reg. Sess.).The legislation solidifies surrogacy agreements and the outlines the process for establishing parentage in a surrogacy arrangement.

According to the law, valid surrogacy agreements will require separate legal representation for surrogates and intended parents. The agreements must include the date of signing, the origin of gametes, and the identity of the intended parents, among other requirements. The parties can petition the appropriate court, which shall issue “a judgment or order establishing a parent-child relationship” Judgments or orders establishing parent-child relationships can be issued before or after the child’s birth.

Previous California case law on surrogacy agreements had established the precedent that the parties’ procreative intent should determine the parent-child relationship in a surrogacy arrangement. See Johnson v. Calvert, 5 Cal.4th 84, 851 P.2d 776 (1993).

“The new Family Code language is an important step to ensure that surrogacy journeys are safe, secure and private,” says Scott Buckley, Esq., Director of Legal Services at Circle Surrogacy. “The new regulations also provide intended parents with greater flexibility in terms of how and when they can complete their parental rights and ensure that the court documents remain private.  While the language only sets forth minimum requirements for a surrogacy journey, it is still an important step in protecting and legitimizing surrogacy.”

Buckley and Circle Surrogacy Chief Executive Officer, Doug Danzey, will speak at an informational group meeting on October 19, 2012 in Los Angeles. Joined by Dr. Vicken Sahakian, IVF Physician and Medical Director of Pacific Fertility Center- Los Angeles, the panelists will answer questions about the new law, and offer intended parents the opportunity to learn about the surrogacy process and its medical, legal, and financial aspects. Prospective parents will have an opportunity to hear advice, listen to personal stories from parents, and ask questions.

Over the years, as Circle Surrogacy has seen interest in surrogacy grow, the agency has worked to develop financial options to expand the availability of becoming a parent through surrogacy. Its exclusive Unlimited In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program with Pacific Fertility – Los Angeles offers a fixed cost for those looking to start a family through surrogacy. The comprehensive program covers screenings for egg donors, surrogates and intended parents, medications and monitoring. Intended parents will have unlimited attempts to have a child without additional costs. “We created this new IVF program to be a more financially viable option for couples and individuals who are exploring starting a family through surrogacy,” said John Weltman, President of Circle Surrogacy. “With so many variables in the surrogacy process, we hope this program provides parents with a cap to their costs, something most parents are looking for.” The plan will be one of the options available during the consultations while in California this October.

In addition to the informational session on October 19, prospective parents will have the opportunity to schedule individual consultations with Circle’s representatives in Los Angeles on October 20 and in San Diego on October 21.

 “There is a fundamental need for reproduction alternatives like surrogacy and egg donation;” says Weltman, “these options allow a couple who remain childless try after try to be able to share their love with a child of their own. And we can make that happen.”

Circle’s staff regularly meets with prospective parents for free consultations in the United States and across the world, although many still conduct them by Skype, or in Boston and/or New York. The agency leads all intended parents through the logistical, legal and administrative processes involved from day one until they arrive home and gain full custody of their newborns. “Circle prides itself as a place that focuses on the long term best interests of the child, the surrogate and the intended parent(s),’” says Weltman. Prospective parents, surrogates and egg donors are thoroughly screened to ensure that all parties share the same values and commitment. Circle firmly believes that an open and honest approach results in a more rewarding journey.

About Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy is the oldest American surrogate and egg donor parenting agency serving clients worldwide. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has facilitated the birth of more than 600 babies and boasts unequaled success rates in helping clients becoming parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the United States as well as a large selection of egg donors, timely matching with carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible programs and financial options.

Circle Surrogacy to Host Informational Group Meeting on Surrogacy for Residents of France, September 16, 2012

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French couples and individuals, gay and straight, are turning to United States in increasing numbers to pursue surrogacy and egg donation. In response to the growth in interest, Circle Surrogacy is returning to France for its third time in 2012 to provide guidance for intended parents.

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Like most of Western Europe, France does not allow surrogacy. But French intended parents who require the assistance of a gestational surrogate are looking outside the French borders to pursue their dreams of becoming parents.

“Many factors have reinforced the desirability of pursuing surrogacy in the United States for French prospective parents,” says John Weltman, President of Circle Surrogacy and a recognized expert in reproductive law, noting the favorable moral, legal and medical climate for American surrogacy. “We are very knowledgeable of the laws in each country and in some of the most frequent destinations such as here in France, we partner with local organizations and lawyers to provide a complete solution for our clients before and after the birth.”

Circle Surrogacy, one of the premiere surrogate and egg donor parenting agencies in the United States, will be hosting an informational group meeting on September 16, 2012 in Paris. The meeting will give prospective parents an opportunity to hear expert advice in French about U.S. surrogate parenting options, listen to personal stories from parents, and ask questions about the various aspects—medical, legal, financial—of surrogate and egg donor parenting. NOTE: Dr. Vicken Sahakian, IVF Physician and Medical Director of Pacific Fertility Center- Los Angeles, who speaks French, will be on hand to address the medical aspect of the surrogacy process.

French couples and individuals can go through the surrogacy process in the United States and return to France after the birth of their children. In the United States, court decisions have reinforced the rights of intended parents who have pursued surrogacy and no US appeals court has ruled in favor of a woman seeking to retain custody of a child to whom she gave birth as a surrogate. Weltman notes that the recent Mennesson decision affirmed the parental status of a French couple who pursued surrogacy in the United States (See Arrêt n° 370 du 6 avril 2011 (10-19.053) - Cour de cassation - Première chambre civile, accessible here). And the election of François Hollande will likely make surrogacy easier for French intended parents, gay and straight.

Advances in reproductive technology, favorable laws, growing media attention and societal acceptance have contributed to rapid growth of U.S. surrogacy. While many countries worldwide still restrict the practice, most U.S. states permit compensated surrogacy. “There is a fundamental need for reproduction alternatives like surrogacy and egg donation;” says Weltman, “these options allow a couple who remain childless try after try to be able to share their love with a child of their own. And we can make that happen.”

Circle’s staff regularly meets with prospective parents for free consultations in their own countries, although many still conduct them by Skype, or in Boston and/or New York. The agency leads all intended parents through the logistical, legal and administrative processes involved from day one until they arrive home and gain full custody of their newborns. “Circle prides itself as a place that focuses on the long term best interests of the child, the surrogate and the intended parent(s),’” says Weltman. Prospective parents, surrogates and egg donors are thoroughly screened to ensure that all parties share the same values and commitment. Circle firmly believes that an open and honest approach results in a more rewarding journey.

From a financial standpoint, Circle Surrogacy and Dr. Sahakian of Pacific Fertility Center - Los Angeles now offer an Exclusive Unlimited In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program at a fixed cost for those looking to start a family through surrogacy. The comprehensive program covers screenings for egg donors, surrogates and intended parents, medications and monitoring. Intended parents will have unlimited attempts to have a child without additional costs. “We created this new IVF program to be a more financially viable option for couples and individuals who are exploring starting a family through surrogacy,” said Weltman. “With so many variables in the surrogacy process, we hope this program provides parents with a cap to their costs, something most parents are looking for.” The plan will be one of the options available during the consultations while in Paris this September.

About Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy is the oldest American surrogate and egg donor parenting agency serving clients worldwide. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has facilitated the birth of more than 600 babies and boasts unequaled success rates in helping clients becoming parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the United States as well as a large selection of egg donors, timely matching with carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible programs and financial options.

About John Weltman

John Weltman, President and Founder of Circle Surrogacy, is a recognized worldwide attorney and expert in the field of surrogacy and reproductive law, as well as gay parenting. John began his own surrogacy journey in 1991 and has two sons. He has written numerous articles in leading publications and has given lectures throughout the United States and Europe on various legal topics related to surrogacy. John holds degrees from Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia, and is admitted to the bar in MA, CA and NY.

Related Links
--Memorandum on the Mennesson decision 
--Blog post on the election of Hollande

Circle Surrogacy Hosts Informational Group Meeting and Consultations on U.S. Surrogacy Options for French Couples and Singles June 16-18, 2012

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Circle Surrogacy one of the premiere surrogate and egg donor parenting agencies in the United States, announces an informational meeting, to be held on June 16, 2012 in Paris. The meeting will give prospective parents an opportunity to hear expert advice about surrogate parenting options, listen to personal stories from parents, and ask questions about the various aspects—medical, legal, financial—of surrogate and egg donor parenting.

“Many factors have reinforced the desirability of pursuing surrogacy in the United States for French prospective parents,” says John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy’s president and a widely recognized expert in reproductive law, noting the favorable moral, legal and medical climate for surrogacy in the United States. “We are very knowledgeable of the laws in each country and in some of the most frequent destinations such as Sweden, Italy, Israel, the UK, and here in France, we partner with local organizations and lawyers to provide a complete solution for our clients before and after the birth.”

While surrogate motherhood is not allowed in France, French couples and individuals can go through the surrogacy process in the United States and return to France after the birth of their children. In the United States, court decisions have reinforced the rights of intended parents who have pursued surrogacy and no US appeals court has ever ruled in favor of a woman seeking to retain custody of a child to whom she gave birth as a surrogate mother.

Weltman stated that Circle’s staff regularly meets with prospective clients for consultations in their own countries, although many still conduct them over the phone (Skype) or in Boston and New York. The agency leads all intended parents through the logistical, legal and administrative processes involved from day one until they arrive home and gain full custody of their newborns.

Advances in reproductive technology, favorable laws, growing media attention and societal acceptance have contributed to rapid growth of surrogacy in the United States as a parenting alternative for infertile couples, individuals, and the gay community. While many countries worldwide still outlaw or restrict the practice, most states in America permit compensated surrogacy.

“There is a fundamental need for reproduction alternatives like surrogacy and egg donation;” says Weltman, “these options allow a couple who remain childless try after try to be able to share their love with a child of their own. And we can make that happen.”

About Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy is the oldest American surrogate and egg donor parenting agency serving clients worldwide. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has facilitated the birth of more than 600 babies and boasts unequaled success rates in helping clients becoming parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the United States as well as a large selection of egg donors, timely matching with carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible programs and financial options.

About John Weltman

John Weltman, president and founder, is a recognized worldwide attorney and expert in the field of surrogacy and reproductive law, as well as gay parenting. John began his own surrogacy journey in 1991 and has two sons. He has written numerous articles in leading publications and has given lectures throughout the United States and Europe on various legal topics related to surrogacy. John holds degrees from Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia, and is admitted to the bar in MA, CA and NY.

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