We regularly receive complaints from foreigners regarding scams involving surrogacy. Numerous foreigners have lost money to so called «surrogacy agencies» and individuals that claimed they could arrange for surrogacy services for comparatively low prices. Normally these «very competitive» firms are just swindlers. A quality service can not be cheap. Typically, the Ukrainian correspondent asks the foreigner to send money or credit card information for living expenses, travel expenses, or medical costs for the surrogate and then disappears or informs that the surrogate lost the pregnancy. It is not uncommon for foreigners to become victims of mistreatment and extortion by these criminal «agencies» after the pregnancy is confirmed. Sometimes even some medical doctors from reproduction clinics are also engaged in their criminal activities.
So if you prefer to take this risk and act on your own, please check twice all their identifications, all legal documents and certificates (including the clinic’s and your MD’s diploma). Always ask to show you the originals and keep a copy. Hire an independent interpreter, preferably a foreigner. Please check what’s included and what’s not in the contract. It should be explicitly mentioned in written form.
If you are informed that the surrogate gets pregnant, always ask for the original reports about her health with her name on it. It would be helpful in the court if she somehow «loses» her false pregnancy.
And of course always ask for an independent DNA test to prove that the child is really yours — it’s a wide-spread scam to pass off some stolen baby or a child who has been «refused» immediately after delivery by some adolescent or low-class mother as intended parents' after a false surrogate’s pregnancy. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any legal assistance in case of any problems or an attorney to represent you in the court. Our lawyers have vast experience in such cases.