Become a Surrogate in Ohio
Surrogacy in Ohio
Although it is a swing state when it comes to national politics, the state of Ohio holds one of the more consistent stances on surrogacy laws in the U.S.A. as is the case with many other states, there's no set of concrete laws regarding surrogacy in Ohio. In a case in 2007, however, the state’s Supreme Court determined that a gestational surrogacy arrangement’s reassignment of parentage to the parents was lawful and did not recognize the carrier as the mother when she attempted to claim it.
Favorable Law with Legal Agreements
Although there are no legal frameworks in place for surrogacy arrangements, the state’s recognition of past cases suggest favorable outcomes for surrogacy in Ohio.
The 2001 Decker v. Decker case laid the groundwork for same-sex couples to receive legal recognition in surrogacy agreements as long as they are written.
Benefits for Surrogates in Ohio
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 Intended Parents if you so desire
- 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.