International surrogacy, meaning people going to another country to have a surrogacy cycle is usually thought of as American parents heading abroad in order to save money on a costly cycle. However, there are also many couples that come to the United States from other countries in order to take advantage of the many benefits that come with American surrogacy.
Benefits of American Surrogacy
There are many reasons why a couple or person would prefer to undergo a surrogacy cycle in America, instead of their home country.
American surrogacy is a highly regulated process, prioritizing the protection of both surrogate and intended parents throughout the entire cycle and beyond. All parties are screened – physically, emotionally, and psychologically – before they formalize their surrogacy relationship.
This has a few benefits. First, intended parents can minimize the risk that their surrogate is being exploited or treated unethically, which may be a problem elsewhere. Second, it reduces the chance that the cycle will be canceled or postponed.
International Surrogacy Laws
International surrogacy laws vary depending on the country, or state as in the United States, where the cycle occurs. Some countries may have strict regulations on surrogacy and surrogate compensation, while others may expressly prohibit it. Still other countries may not allow surrogacy for certain people, like couples who are unmarried, or single or gay. Other countries may not have any regulations on surrogacy whatsoever, allowing surrogates to be exploited potentially. This can clearly lead to some serious ethical and legal problems.
Making the decision to pursue surrogacy in the United States gets away from many of these problems, especially when working in a surrogacy friendly state, like California.
California laws are very surrogacy friendly for national and international surrogacy, meaning that people from all over the world come here in order to build their families. As a result, many surrogacy agencies are very well accustomed to caring for international clients and can ensure that their cycle will run as smoothly as possible. In addition, California offers several legal protections to both surrogates and their intended parents.
Another aspect of international surrogacy laws to consider is how to establish citizenship when you return home. Children born through surrogacy in the United States will be granted American citizenship and an American passport. It is possible to apply for citizenship through your home country’s embassy, but this will likely take much longer.
Your next steps will be determined by your home country. Some countries don’t require any further action in order to naturalize your child; others will have a specific set of procedures. It can be helpful to learn more about this process before starting your surrogacy cycle.
Working with an American Surrogacy Agency
Another benefit of American surrogacy is that you’ll be able to work with highly trained and experienced surrogacy experts. When working with an agency, you’ll have the benefit of receiving high quality, sensitive and knowledgeable care. They’ll help you find your surrogate, coordinate cycle details, plan travel, and connect you with other experts as needed throughout the process. They will also have translators on staff (or readily available) so that you feel comfortable with everything that happens.
When selecting an agency to work with, you’ll want to make sure that they comply with the guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration and American Society for Reproductive Medicine. It’s also good to ask about how many international surrogacy cycles they’ve successfully worked on, to know that they have the necessary experience.
If you are ready to get started on your international surrogacy journey here in California, give us a call or send a message! One of our trained surrogacy case managers will be in touch in order to answer all of your questions and help you get started.