Circle has worked with women who wish to become surrogate mothers in South Carolina for years. Favorable surrogacy laws and desirable East Coast location make South Carolina a wonderful state for surrogacy, and for surrogate mothers.
If you live in South Carolina and you're interested in becoming a surrogate mother, you're in luck! South Carolina is a great state for gestational carriers!
• Fast match times. Many intended parents look for surrogate mothers who reside on the East coast of the United States. This means that women who are from the coastal states can be matched much more quickly.
• Proximity to East Coast clinics. There are many IVF clinics chosen by intended parents that are located on the East Coast. This makes travel for surrogate mothers easier.
Becoming a surrogate mother in South Carolina is one of the most rewarding experiences.
Surrogate mothers receive the following surrogate pay and benefits:
• Surrogates from South Carolina get paid up to $55,000, inclusive of all compensation and benefits (see all Compensation and benefits)
• Gaining an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
• Working with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker who will be by your side every step of the way
• Connecting with other surrogates across the country, and being part of an active surrogate community
In order to qualify to become a gestational carrier in South Carolina, women must meet the following requirements:
- Has delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
- Has had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
- Is between 21-41 years of age.
- Typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
- Is a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
- Does not participate in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing and section 8. All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Gestational surrogacy is permitted and practiced in South Carolina because no statute or published case law prohibits it. In fact, there is published case law in South Carolina suggesting that surrogacy is in fact valid. Judges consider the intent of the parties as outlined in their carrier agreement and have established parentage for the commissioning parent(s). Courts in South Carolina have moved away from considering the birth mother the ‘natural mother’ and have granted pre-birth orders establishing the joint parental rights of intended parents and permitting for their names to be listed on the child’s birth certificate or for that of a sole intended parent to appear alone. The parentage process for same-sex parents requires a two-step process, first establishing paternity for the biological father through a pre-birth order and then establishing the parental status for the non-genetic parent through a second parent adoption in South Carolina, permitting for the child’s birth certificate to be permanently amended, listing both parents together. No hearings are required in South Carolina, which makes it a desirable state for surrogacy.