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Surrogacy in Orange County, CA
Surrogacy is an option for women who cannot conceive a child or carry a pregnancy to term. A traditional surrogate uses her own eggs, and is inseminated with sperm from intended father or a sperm donor. In this case, the child is biologically related to the surrogate. In gestational surrogacy, which is by far more common, the surrogate is implanted with an embryo, which is created by the intended parents or donor egg and/or sperm.
Surrogacy Laws in California
While there are no California laws that explicitly deal with surrogacy, the state does accept surrogacy agreements. Its Uniform Parentage Act helps clarify of what qualifies as a legal mother or father.
Several court rulings in California have ruled in favor of intended parents through surrogacy, and in favor of gay and lesbian couples considered a child’s natural parents through surrogacy.
Orange County Surrogacy
Once it’s been determined you will need a surrogate to have a child, you will need to coordinate you plans with your fertility clinic and recruit or hire a surrogate. In some instances a friend or family member will act as a surrogate, or you can be matched with a surrogate through a surrogacy agency or fertility clinic that has a surrogacy program.
If you are working with an agency or fertility clinic, you will be given the profiles of several surrogates to choose from. Before surrogacy begins, the surrogate must go through physical and emotional testing to assure that she is an appropriate candidate.
Schedule a consultation with the surrogacy agency or program to ask some questions, including how they have been in operation, what screening entails, and the breakdown of fees and other responsibilities.
Before you begin the surrogacy process, it is a good idea to retain services of a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law and has worked with intended parents and surrogates in California.