Finding the Right Surrogacy Agency is Vital for Gay Couples

May, 2012 by

If you are a gay couple, it may be difficult to find an adoption agency that is willing to work with you and your spouse or partner. Because of this difficulty, many gay couples decide to find a surrogate in California willing to carry their baby so that they can become parents. Some lucky couples may find a friend or even a family member who is willing to act as a surrogate for them. This isn’t feasible for everyone, however.

A growing number of gay men are electing to use surrogacy agencies instead of adoption to become parents. Many surrogacy agencies recognize this and have made a marked effort in making it possible for gay families to find a surrogate in California. As with any service industry, the quality of service varies greatly from agency to agency. It is important for any couple seeking surrogacy to do their homework to ensure that they are well protected. This is even more true for gay couples who wish to find a surrogate in California because of all the social and legal complications surrounding gay relationships and gay families.

Surrogacy laws are extremely confusing and complex. Laws vary greatly from state to state, with some states outlawing surrogacy entirely. Simultaneously, states are incredibly varied on what legal protections are put in place for gay families. In many states, there are none. Many states have passed legislation banning same-sex marriage, and half that number refuses to recognize same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. Because the climate surrounding gay issues is so volatile and uncertain, it is even more imperative that gay parents seeking surrogacy be extremely informed and cautious when trying to find a surrogate, even in California, which tends to have more supportive laws surrounding same-sex unions.

Most surrogacy clinics work with surrogate mothers who are spread out all over the country. Matching a gay couple with a surrogate from another state can be risky. At this time, although hopefully laws will change in the future, both states will likely have conflicting laws. Less reputable surrogacy agencies may not understand the consequences of pairing a gay couple from a state in favor of gay marriage with a surrogate from a state strongly against gay marriage. This becomes more complicated if the couple is located in a state in which surrogacy is illegal. Gay parents are advised to be well informed of all of the legal consequences surrounding multi-state surrogacy arrangements before making the decision to find a surrogate in California or elsewhere.


Find a Surrogate California – If you are a committed, loving gay couple hoping to find a surrogate in California, contact The Center for Surrogate Parenting. For more information about The Center for Surrogate Parenting, visit To learn about becoming a surrogate, or for general information about surrogacy, call 818-788-8288. CSP in San Diego is located at 3111 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 400, and our Encino location is at 15821 Ventura Blvd. Suite 625.