What are the laws regarding surrogacy in the United States and around the world? *
Family Source will only work with Surrogates who reside in the United States. There currently is no nationwide law regarding surrogacy in the United States; rather, each state has its’ own surrogacy laws. Fortunately, our agency is located in Illinois—one of the MOST surrogacy-friendly states in the United States. Keep in mind, even if you live somewhere where surrogacy or “paid surrogacy” is considered illegal (or the laws are undefined) this does not mean you cannot pursue surrogacy to build your family. It simply means that you will want to work with a Surrogate who is willing to deliver in a “surrogacy-friendly” state. A state is considered surrogacy-friendly when there are no residency requirements for the Intended Parents and a birth certificate (pre-birth order) can be issued without court proceedings. Surrogacy laws in the United States and around the world are ever-changing; thus, we advise that you verify the most current laws in your state with an attorney who specializes in this area.
We at Family Source can help you find out what the current surrogacy laws are in your particular state; however, because we are not attorneys, we cannot advise you legally. When working with our agency, you will be referred to a reputable collaborative reproduction attorney who can provide you with professional legal counsel.
The summary of state laws listed below is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate as of November 28, 2016. The information provided below is not a substitute for professional legal representation.
Surrogacy is permitted. Pre-birth orders are granted throughout the state. Both parents will be named on the birth certificate.
California; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Nevada; New Hampshire; Oregon; Rhode Island
Surrogacy is permitted but results may be dependent on various factors OR only a post-birth parentage order is available, which requires additional post-birth legal proceedings.
Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Missouri; New Mexico; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; South Dakota; Texas; Utah; Vermont; West Virginia; Wisconsin
Surrogacy is practiced, but there are potential legal hurdles.
Alaska; Arizona; Idaho; Indiana; Iowa; Mississippi; Montana; Nebraska; Tennessee; Virginia; Wyoming
Compensated Surrogacy is not permitted OR a birth certificate naming both parents cannot be obtained.
Louisiana; Michigan; New Jersey; New York; Washington; Washington DC