Circle Surrogacy to Host London Seminar on Surrogacy in the United States for Local Couples and Singles

By Circle Surrogacy Ltd., PRNE
Monday, March 14, 2011

Event marks the agency's return to Britain, and its third European visit in 2011

LONDON, March 15, 2011 - Circle Surrogacy, one of the oldest surrogate parenting agencies in the
United States
, announces an informational seminar to be held on March 26,
in London. The meeting will give prospective parents an opportunity to
hear expert advice about surrogate parenting options, listen to personal
stories from parents and a former surrogate, and ask questions about the
various aspects - medical, legal, financial - of surrogate parenting.

"Recent UK court decisions have reinforced the desirability of pursuing
surrogacy in the United States for British prospective parents," says John
, Circle Surrogacy's president and a widely recognized expert in
reproductive law. "We are very knowledgeable of the laws in each country and
in some of the most frequent destinations such as Sweden, Italy, Israel and
here in the UK, we partner with local organizations and lawyers to provide a
complete solution for our clients before and after the birth."

In a landmark December 2010 case, a childless British couple for which an
Illinois woman had acted as a surrogate mother was granted custody of their
child. While in January, a British woman who had acted as a surrogate for a
couple in the UK was granted custody of the child to whom she had given
birth, denying rights to the intended parents. By contrast, US court
decisions have reinforced the rights of intended parents who have pursued
surrogacy and no US appeals court has ever ruled in favor of a woman seeking
to retain custody of a child to whom she gave birth as a surrogate mother.

Weltman stated that Circle's staff regularly meets with prospective
clients for consultations in their own countries, although many still conduct
them over the phone or in Boston and New York leading all intended parents
through the logistical, legal and administrative processes involved from day
one until they arrive home and gain full custody of their newborns.

Advances in reproductive technology, favorable laws, growing media
attention and societal acceptance have contributed to rapid growth of
surrogacy in the United States as a parenting alternative for infertile
couples, individuals, and the gay community. While many countries worldwide
still outlaw or restrict the practice, most states in America permit
compensated surrogacy.

"There is a fundamental need for reproduction alternatives like surrogacy
and egg donation," says Weltman, "and that need is for a couple, who, try
after try and are still childless, to be able to share their love with a
child of their own. And we can make that happen."

About Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy is one of the nation's oldest surrogate-parenting agency
serving clients worldwide. Since 1995 Circle Surrogacy has facilitated the
birth of more than 500 babies with unequaled success rates in clients
becoming parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Circle
Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout
the United States as well as a large selection of egg donors, timely matching
with carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible programs and
financial options. John Weltman, owner, founder is a Yale graduate and a
nationally recognized expert in the field of reproductive law, including
surrogacy and gay parenting.

About John Weltman

John Weltman, president and founder, is recognized worldwide as an expert
in the field of surrogacy and reproductive law, as well as gay parenting.
John began his own surrogacy journey in 1991 and has two sons. He has written
numerous articles in leading publications and has given lectures throughout
the US and Europe on various legal topics related to surrogacy. John holds
degrees from Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia.

Related Links

- Circle Surrogacy homepage:

- Information on the London seminar:

- Out in the City, 3/11, interview with Weltman appears on page 70:

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