US-based agencies such as Circle offer the best protection for international intended parents to help ensure the smoothest and most secure surrogacy journeys.Take the first step
Any child born in the United States is a US citizen. Your baby will receive a US birth certificate and is entitled to a US passport for travel purposes (you can usually get one in 24-72 hours from application). Your surrogacy lawyers will do the legal work to establish your parentage (either via a Pre-Birth Order, post-birth order or possibly through a second parent adoption). You will be the sole legal and physical parents under American law. By establishing the rights of parentage in the United States, you can travel home safely and securely. Some countries – such as Spain, Sweden and Germany (amongst others) – accept the US Declaration of Parentage.
Conversely, a child born with an agency in the Ukraine, for example, is not considered a Ukrainian citizen. This can be challenging because you will need to establish citizenship and/or parentage under your home country prior to leaving the Ukraine, making it difficult to get travel papers or a passport to return to your home country. Your child cannot fly home without a passport.
Agencies such as Circle follow strict guidelines and screening protocols for women who are interested in becoming surrogates. Women must complete a lengthy application, undergo medical and psychological testing, and identify a primary support person for her journey. In fact, Circle only accepts 1-2% of the women who begin the surrogate application into our program.
All of Circle’s surrogates live in the United States, have strong support systems and are financially stable. They have access to the most-advanced medical care, and the world’s top hospitals. Plus, Circle’s surrogacy program is built on a relationship model: surrogates and their intended parents develop a relationship throughout the process. They meet each other and agree to be matched prior to any documents being signed. Their relationship then develops over time, as Circle encourages weekly communication.
Comparatively, women who live internationally and become surrogates for international agencies may get moved away from their homes while they are pregnant, so that they could be closer to a hospital. They are separated from their families, which can be emotionally stressful. The medical care they receive, while cheaper, may not live up the standards of medical care women in the United States receive. It is not uncommon for intended parents to not have much of a relationship with the woman who is carrying their baby; communication can be difficult, and oftentimes the parents aren’t as emotionally part of the journey as they would be in the US.
In the US, when you embark on a surrogacy journey with most agencies, your money is safe. Circle is a well-established, secure company. The money you send to the agency is secure, held in an IOLTA account (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account). IOLTA accounts are kept only at regulated and approved financial institutions.
My husband and I were very keen to start our family and we knew that we wanted to explore surrogacy in the US. We decided on Circle due to their professionalism but also their personal touch. We were given all of the medical, legal and financial advice that forms the foundation of understanding how the surrogacy journey works in the US. They were very knowledgeable about how it would work for us as an Australian couple. We were also matched with a great gestational carrier within 3 months, which was unexpectedly quick for us. What we didn’t expect was all of the great advice we received about all of the other questions you have when you embark on a journey like this. What is it like being a family two dads? How does your life change when you have kids? It is this personal touch, where the Circle team speak from experience, that really sets them apart from the agencies out there. We have our baby daughter now and we are completely in love with her. It was amazing sharing the whole experience with the Circle family. -CG
Our journey through surrogacy was made so much easier with Circle by our side. As international parents the whole process can be daunting, however nothing was ever too much trouble for the Circle team. We always felt at ease with them behind us. If we were ever to go through surrogacy again we would definitely choose Circle. - ND
Thank you for helping us to be parents to this wonderful little boy! It has been a wonderful journey! We love you all! You have, with your skills, professionalism, and kind hearts, made this the best journey any parent can have while waiting for their child! - Anne and Magne