Surrogacy in California
Surrogacy in California
California has long been known as a great location to pursue surrogacy (for both surrogates and intended parents). Its favorable surrogacy laws have allowed Circle Surrogacy to successfully match surrogates with intended parents since Circle’s inception in 1995.
California’s favorable statute recognizes contracts for gestational surrogacy arrangements as well as egg, sperm, and embryo donations. The state’s comprehensive law protects the rights of the surrogate, the intended parents,the baby, and the egg donor (if one is needed). Even in cases where the statute is not fully followed, California’s 20-plus years of positive case law tends to fully protect the parties.
Establishing parentage for surrogacy in California is a seamless process for everyone involved. Generally, surrogates in California won’t ever appear in court. Even in cases where a post-birth action is warranted (i.e. intended parents citizenship needs), the surrogate won’t need to appear in court. The parties simply need to review and sign legal documentation and return to the attorneys handling the matter.
Location, Location, Location
Surrogates who live in California are in close proximity to some of the country's best fertility clinics with whom Circle has established relationships. In some instances, you may be working with Intended Parents using these clinics, which would reduce the amount of travel you would have to do.
Benefits for Surrogates in California
There are so many benefits to being a surrogate, both emotionally and financially.
- Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
- High compensation with a customized benefits package
- Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
- Work with a personal program coordination team and licensed social worker
- Opportunity to work with local and international Intended Parents
- Chance to work with local fertility clinics (and travel less)
See If You Qualify
- 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 have 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.
- Has a valid driver’s license.
- Has the support of her family. If married or partnered, the surrogate must have her partner’s support. Also, the surrogate and her partner/primary support person must agree to participate in a social work screening.
- Is financially secure.
- Leads a stable, responsible lifestyle.
- Is willing to travel for IVF process. Please note, often these trips include overnight stays.
- Does not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol.
Family and reproductive law is continually developing and changing. As such, there is no guarantee the information on this website is current or correct. Circle’s in-house legal team and referring attorneys provided the information listed, and it is not intended to be a substitute for an attorney’s legal counsel. In any individual case, you should always confer with an attorney who specializes in this area of law and is licensed to practice in the particular state at hand.