Shady surrogacy agencies exist, Intended Parents beware!!

Yesterday the New York Times carried a story about a Mexican surrogacy agency that took intended parents money, but failed to deliver on it promises. Many points illustrated in the story are vital for all intended parents.  First, if you are looking to save costs, think long and hard about going outside of California or the United States.  Second, be certain you know and properly investigate your agency and potential surrogate.  Assure that they have professionals running the business who have great reputations and all is legally correct.  Thankfully, in California, there is a regulatory scheme that can prevent much of the.
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lgbt assisted reproduction options increasing

Fertility issues faced by heterosexual couples embarking on new family creation are similar to those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (LGBT).  However, this latter group (LGBT) often face additional psychological, social, and legal challenges in becoming parents. A recent interview with a fertility physician and reproductive biologist, appearing in LGBT Health, is a comprehensive overview of advances in assisted reproduction, current practices, and options available for new family creation. Omega Family Global finds the interview comprehensive and informative, so we share. The review entitled, LGBT Assisted Reproduction: Current Practice and Future Possibilities can be found by clicking the link. Article Citation: EylerA..
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China has a booming illegal underground surrogacy market

Today the New York Times reported on Chinas booming underground surrogacy market.  While surrogacy is not legal in China, and people are limited to one child, a market has cropped up to meet local demand. Interestingly, the reported cost ($240,000) of using this underground system is equal or more to that in California, where it is legal.  The New York Times article goes on to report the surrogates are essentially confined and brainwashed thought the process to prevent them from keeping the baby. Why not come to California where surrogacy is legal, nobody is exploited, and the cost is less?
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Thailand surrogacy situation hits global news: preventable conundrum

Previously Omega Family Global has blogged about the ethics and best practices in surrogacy.  We have advised many potential clients to not go abroad for new family creation where laws and best practices are less stringent. This past week has seen many news outlets reporting on the tragic story of the young Thai surrogate and the Downs Syndrome baby supposedly left behind by the Intended Australian parents.  One story on the topic can be found here (Reuters).  It also seems some early reports on this case did not accurately report the situation. California laws and best practices prevent such tragedies.
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India Not The Place Anymore

All foreign Intended Parents and especially Australians seeking surrogacy in India are being blocked visas.  This will increase a trend of more and more international and Australian parents coming to the U.S. for legal, safe commercial surrogacy.  India has garnered a reputation for established and relatively inexpensive surrogacy.  However, due to poor oversight and lack of quality control in the process, India has received great criticism ranging from its treatment of surrogates to the medical processes and to the care of intended parents.  In response, the Indian government has made it more and more difficult for foreign couples to access.
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Military Sister Gives The Gift of Life: Becomes Surrogate

This is a heartwarming story about how one sister helped the other achieve family when it was not biologically feasible. Alice, sister to Jessica, was born without a uterus, but her and her husband desired to have their own biological children. Both sisters are in the military. Through an IVF clinic, Alice and her husband JJ, were able to have embryos created and frozen. When it was possible two embryos were implanted into Jessica, who gave birth to twins. Both ladies have sacrificed for their country and one took on another sacrifice to give the gift of family to her.
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10 Year Chinese/American Visas

This is truly fantastic news.  Chinese visitors to the U.S. and U.S. visitors to China can now obtain a ten year visa.  A large portion of foreign Intended Parents who travel to work with OFG are from China.  This will make the entire process much more efficient and convenient.  Not only will it help with parents trips to the U.S in preparation and pre and post birth, it will be of a huge help traveling home to China after their children are born.  Good news indeed. More about this news can be accessed via the link below. http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/10/politics/visa-10-years-obama-announces/index.html
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France Makes Gains in Surrogacy, but Still

France continues its attempts to fight history. Though children born via surrogacy in California to French parents must be recognized in France due to a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights, the rhetoric continues. Due to this position, French couples will continue to travel to California where paid surrogacy is explicit legal for the foreseeable future. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexandre-urwicz/frances-inhumane-obsession-with-surrogacy_b_5963470.html
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California Again

The following story highlights why California is the best state for surrogacy by showing, again, the difficulty surrounding surrogacy in jurisdictions where commercial surrogacy is not explicitly legal.  Specifically, this is Tennessee, U.S.  As more and more such cases come to light, it is hoped all intended parents will choose a surrogate in a jurisdiction where commercial surrogacy is explicitly legal thus removing all uncertainty. http://verdict.justia.com/2014/10/14/traditional-surrogacy-tennessee-strange-statute-begets-strange-judicial-ruling
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Surrogacy Journey

The pictures taken by Leilani Rogers in the article below shows what an emotional and beautiful thing surrogacy is. It can be seen how this surrogate birth of twins brought happiness and gratitude to everyone in the room. It’s one thing to read about the carrier or parent’s surrogacy journey, but it’s another to be able to see how the birth date made them feel. The story can be found through the link below. http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/surrogate-birth-photos-01272015-twins-leilani-rogers/
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