How Does the International Surrogacy Process Work?
International surrogacy in the United States follows a process that is
very similar to domestic surrogacy.
The international surrogacy process consists of the following steps:
- Initial Meeting with a Surrogacy Agency
You will meet with a surrogacy agency of your choice and discuss your options,
what the surrogacy process entails, the cost of a surrogate, and any other
additional questions you might have as you move forward.
- Screen and Match with a Surrogate
During this part of the process, you will be presented with potential surrogates
based on your requirements. Once you have chosen a surrogate, the surrogate
will then get access to your profile to decide if she would like to approve
you. If there is a match, then a meeting is scheduled.
- Consult with a Surrogacy Lawyer
At this point of the process, you will want to seek out a surrogacy attorney
to assist you with details, such as compensating the surrogate mother,
purchasing health insurance for your baby, and ensuring the surrogate
mother passes both a criminal and a medical background check.
- Fertility Treatment and Embryo Transfer for the Mother
The surrogate mother will undergo a four-to six-week fertility treatment
to prep her body for an embryo transfer.
- Pregnancy and Paternity Establishment
Once the surrogate gets pregnant, she will work with an OB/GYN for all
her prenatal care. Around 24 weeks, the parental rights of the child will
- Birth Certificate and Passport
Your surrogacy attorney can assist you with your new child’s birth
certificate, passport, and Social Security information.
International Surrogacy Lawyers for Colorado, Oklahoma, and New York
Colorado, Oklahoma and New York each have their own surrogacy laws and
In Colorado, once matched with a Gestational Carrier, you will want to
contact a Surrogacy Attorney to assist in drafting or reviewing your Gestational
Carrier Agreement. Once the agreement is signed by all parties, legal
clearance will be issued and transfer can begin. Once the Gestational
Carrier is 20 weeks pregnant, the parentage process begins.
In the new New York’s surrogacy process, after the Gestational Carrier
Agreement is signed by all parties, you can start the medical transfer
process. However, the New York statute governing surrogacy doesn’t
go into effect in the State of New York until February 1, 2021 and it
will only be available for New York residents.
As of June 2019, Oklahoma enacted the Oklahoma Gestational Agreement Act.
After the Gestational Carrier Agreement is negotiated and signed, the
new Act states that a transfer cannot take place until a Validation Order
is signed by a Judge. Your Surrogacy Attorney will draft your Gestational
Carrier Agreement along with drafting your parentage documents. The agreement
and parentage documents will then be filed together for a Judge to review
and sign. Once signed, the transfer process can begin. After the birth
of the child, your attorney will obtain all finalized documents for the
case and obtain the birth certificate with the intended parents name listed.
Please contact my office to discuss the specific facts of your case.
Contact us online or call us at (888) 749-0168 to get in touch with our surrogacy lawyer today.