International Surrogacy Law: An Overview

Laws surrounding surrogacy vary as greatly as the people who come to surrogacy to create a family. That said, surrogacy law on a global scale is not so different from surrogacy law that varies from US state to US state in that most countries (states) fall into one of three categories.

  1. Prohibition
  2. Partial Acceptance
  3. Inaction

While that can sound scary, the overriding theme to international surrogacy law seems to be that no matter the laws in your home country, most governments are tolerant of a journey completed in a country that will allow surrogacy. That said, a few countries may have additional guidelines that will need to be adhered to in the US during your journey. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you seek council from both a lawyer familiar with surrogacy law in your home country as well as a lawyer familiar with surrogacy law in the States.

Growing Generations retains the International Reproductive Law Group (IRLG), based out of Los Angeles, California, for the vast majority of their legal dealings. These lawyers are incredibly well versed in US surrogacy law and, often times, in the laws of many other countries as well. In addition to being an ideal resource for the American end of your journey, they will be able to put you in contact with respected attorneys in your own country to manage any issues that may arise there.

When you work with IRLG, your contract will be specifically tailored to meet the legal needs of your home country as well as those of the state in which your child will be born. There is no such thing as a “stock” or “standard” contract. Each and every one is drawn up unique to the situation and parties involved.

Finally, rest assured that Growing Generations and IRLG are with you every step of the way. From drawing up your surrogate contracts to assisting with passport preparation and birth orders. You will have comprehensive legal coverage that is rich with experience every step of your journey.

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.