How To Become a Surrogate in California
Thank you for your interest in learning more about how to become a surrogate in California. That means your heart is big enough to want to help couples and single individuals start a family. I know how magical it is because I’ve helped 3 couples start a family and it is the best feeling ever! And the money I earned for this gift is not bad either.
In this article, we will be talking about everything you need to know in order to become a surrogate in California plus you can get access to our support system where our team of experienced surrogates provide free consultations.
Areas We Serve
Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Stockton, Irvine, Chula Vista, and most cities and counties in California. No matter where you are in California, if you want to become a surrogate, contact us and we’ll see if we can make it happen for you!
Learn how we can help you make the most of your surrogacy journey.
What you will learn
Hear surrogates talk about the myths and misconceptions they’ve encountered in their journey to be life-giving supermoms.
Hear Sunshine tell the story of her first surrogacy journey that changed her life forever!
How We Can Help You Become a Surrogate in California
Like I said, we are experienced surrogates and we know the ins and outs of the process. California is one of the most surrogate friendly states, not only because of the laws, but also because some of the most innovative and successful fertility clinics in the world are located in California. That is one of the upsides however, the application process is daunting and you could end up filling out very long forms only to end up getting rejected over and over again, since many agencies have variations in their requirements for surrogates.
Filling out forms and hearing rejections are the struggles that we have eliminated for you. With us, you simply fill out a short survey to see if you are qualified to become a surrogate in California and we’ll be the one to shop for the trusted and ethical surrogacy agency that is a perfect fit for you. And we do all of this at no cost to you.
Want to know if you qualify? Take the Quiz now.
Surrogacy Compensation and Benefits in California
Surrogate mothers in California are paid very well! Of all the states in the US, CA Surrogates are the most desirable because of their proximity to the best IVF Clinics in the world and the ease of the legal process for intended parents. Carrying a child for another family is a noble act, and you can never put a price on family, however, CA surrogates earn the highest compensation out there. To give you an idea of how good the pay is, Sunshine was able to take her family on a vacation to Maui and Thailand save up a down payment for a house, and pay off her debt completely with the compensation from surrogacy.
Compensation packages vary from agency to agency and the requirements they need to fulfill for the intended parents but in general compensation ranges from $50,000 to $75,000. Experienced surrogates may get even more, in some cases, if they meet the strictest requirements of certain Premier IVF doctors.
Surrogates also receive a medication start fee, allowances for clothes, travel, food, child care incurred during appointments, health insurance and more.
These compensation and benefits are outlined and agreed upon before a binding agreement is signed.
Surrogacy Laws in California
Surrogacy is legal in California and the laws are outlined in the Family Code – FAM § 7960. As I said, California is one the most surrogate friendly states and has clear cut laws when it comes to surrogacy.
Even then, you will still need the guidance of an experienced agency and ART attorney to make sure that all your legal needs are met as well as the intended parents’. All “what ifs” will be addressed like what if there is a miscarriage? What if there are multiple babies? What if the parents are unable to arrive in time for the birth? As well as compensation, benefits, and requirements from both parties.
There are plenty of Moms in our community that can help you as well if you have questions since many of them have become proficient at this process because of multiple surrogacies.
Our 2-Step Surrogacy Application Process in California
- Take the quiz to see if you are fit to become a surrogate in CA.
- We look for a surrogacy agency on your behalf. All for FREE
Agency matching is very important because the agency you work with will take care of your payments, communicate with Doctors, Lawyers, Psychologists, and everybody involved so that all are on the same page. That is a lot of responsibility and a good agency makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks.
Believe it or not, there are surrogacy agencies in California that are more concerned with collecting fees rather than protecting the interests of the surrogate mother.
That being said, working with us will save you hours of work and potential heartaches from being declined and having to start over and over again. Not to mention the possibility of getting scammed.
I hope we helped you learn how to become a surrogate in California and if you are ready to know if you qualify or not, click the button below to take the quiz. A hopeful couple will be forever grateful to you and a supportive family of surrogates is waiting to welcome you.
Yes, California has very clear laws on surrogacy and is one of the most surrogate friendly states.
No. Surrogacy agencies do not issue a 1099 and compensation is paid under terms that are deemed non-taxable.
You may if you agree to it. It is a common misconception that Doctors will accidentally transfer multiple embryos that lead to having to carry twins or even more. That is no longer true today because of new technology and the ability to test the embryos and choose the one with the best chance of success.
I must admit, there are parents who will expect a certain behavior during the pregnancy but most of them are just excited and may be thinking over their heads. Remember how particular and careful you were when you were pregnant? But does that mean you have to agree to everything they expect from you? Absolutely not! You don’t have to agree to anything you are not comfortable with.
This where good surrogate and intended parent matching comes into play. Surrogacy agencies get to know the surrogate and the intended parents to make sure that they are a good fit. All expectations and demands will be talked about and agreed upon before an agreement is made.
Yes, surrogates get paid monthly in addition to other expenses like medical procedures, medical check ups, child care, legal fees, transportation, and more.
If a surrogate miscarries, she will get paid up to month of miscarriage and any pro-rated compensation if any. In addition, the intended parents will also cover for any medical procedures needed after miscarriage. This is discussed prior to entering an agreement to become a surrogate so every possible scenario and action is in writing.
You can have a total of 6 pregnancies including your own. So if you have 2 kids, for example, you can become a surrogate mother in California 4 more times. Of course, this is subject to other qualifications and this is best discussed with the surrogacy agency.