Legal protections in California attract domestic and international Intended Parents who want to pursue Surrogacy. This has caused an increased demand in the need for Surrogate Mothers who want to help Intended Parents in need.
Surrogacy has been done privately for years, often with a family member or friend willing to carry the baby. But the practice is quietly growing commercially as modern families change and more gay and foreign couples look to the U.S. for help.
California is attractive for commercial surrogacy because the state offers some legal protection for surrogates and intended parents.
California requires a signed contract before the process begins – and that separate lawyers represent surrogates and intended parents. The state also requires intended parents to explore health insurance options in advance and bans surrogate agencies from holding client trust accounts.