When you first begin looking into surrogacy – whether you are a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother or intended parents hoping to grow your family through surrogacy – it can feel a little overwhelming. We're here to help you navigate surrogacy in California, from the surrogacy process, to how to become a surrogate, how to find a surrogate and much more.
California is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers and intended parents. Whether you in live in a large city, such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or Sacramento – or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.
Surrogacy allows couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations to build their families.
The types of intended parents from California who may use surrogacy to grow their families are:
• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic defect or health condition they don't want to pass onto the child
• Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
Each surrogacy journey is unique.
Review surrogate requirements in California and see how to apply to become a surrogate.
Looking for a surrogate in California? See how to find your perfect surrogate match.
Understand what the surrogacy laws are in the state of California for surrogates and intended parents.
See how to take the first steps in becoming a parent through surrogacy.
See how the surrogacy process works at Circle Surrogacy in California.
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Surrogacy costs in California can vary for each individual journey, and depend on a few factors: whether or not you require an egg donor, your location to your clinic and surrogate (and/or egg donor), and the type of program you choose.
Surrogacy costs can be compartmentalized into four categories:
• Professional Fees
• Gestational Carrier (i.e., surrogate) and Egg Donor Fees
• Medical & Insurance Expenses
• IVF Expenses
Most agencies do not offer fixed costs for any of these cost categories, which can result in surprise fees and financial uncertainty throughout the surrogacy journey. However, Circle Surrogacy fixes the costs for Professional Fees, Gestational Carrier and Egg Donor Fees and Medical & Insurance Expenses.
For intended parents living in California, Circle Surrogacy offers two exclusive fixed price program options: our Fixed Cost program and our Journey Protection Guarantee program. Both options have fixed costs that do not change during your journey, so you can plan for costs with no surprises.
For both surrogate mothers and intended parents in California, the best place to start a surrogacy journey and finding a surrogacy agency is by doing your research. This can be in the form of online research, speaking with IVF doctors, or connecting with others who have been through the surrogacy process as surrogates or parents.
3 Steps to finding a surrogacy agency:
1. Do your research! Learn all there is to know about surrogacy.
2. Write down what's important to you in a surrogacy journey. What type of surrogate/intended parent relationship are you looking for? What level of surrogacy support?
3. Make a list of agencies that fit your criteria, and reach out. Finding an agency that "feels right" is important!
Next Steps for California Intended Parents:
Once intended parents have identified 1-3 agencies that seem like a good fit, it's a good idea to fill out an interest form and connect with the parent intake team. Once they reach out, you can decide if you're ready for a surrogacy consultation.
Next Steps for California Surrogate Applicants:
If you're ready to apply to become a surrogate mother, reading through surrogate requirements is a good way to see if you will qualify. Once you fill out a surrogate application, a member of the surrogate intake team – who is an experienced surrogate herself – will reach out to you to answer questions, clarify answers on your application and speak to you about next steps in the application process.
Once we have accepted a surrogate applicant into our program, our matching and legal teams determine possible matching options based on a variety of factors, including: the state she lives in, whether she has insurance, and the matching preferences from both intended parents and surrogates.
We will send the redacted profile of the intended parents (with no identifying information) to the surrogate. If she expresses interest, we will send her profile to the intended parents, similarly leaving out all identifying information. Once the surrogate and the prospective parents express a mutual interest, we will put them in touch by telephone, Skype or email so they can begin to get to know each other.
After communicating with each other, the surrogate and the prospective parents meet in person at their mutual convenience: at the surrogate’s home, the intended parents’ home, or some place in between. If the surrogate has children and/or a partner or spouse, the intended parents meet them as well.
An IVF physician medically screens them after a match is made. If for any reason the surrogate doesn’t pass the medical screening (which is rare), Circle Surrogacy presents a new match free of charge.