Surrogacy in Canada is the newest country that Brilliant Beginnings has started working with. Our Canadian surrogacy Management Service helps intended parents to navigate finding a surrogate in Canada, ensuring that you are legally supported both in the UK and Canada and are working with well established, ethical organisations.
Drawn from our experience of working with our professional partners in Canada, we can help you pull together all the elements to ensure that your surrogacy journey in Canada is responsibly managed and as stress free as possible.
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Surrogacy in Canada is legal but restricted
Surrogacy in Canada is accessible to UK intended parents and is fast-growing as a surrogacy option. It is well regulated with a federal legal system governing certain aspects and province-based law governing parenthood and legally binding contracts, all of which makes it an attractive destination for surrogacy.
Whilst surrogacy in Canada is legally supported, there is a strong ethos based on altruism. As a result, there are restrictions around the level of expenses that you can pay your surrogate and the way in which your consultancy in Canada can support you.
Immigration and Canadian surrogacy
How you get back from Canada with a newborn, practically and legally, needs to be a part of your surrogacy plan. It is a well-trodden path so there are viable ways to make it simple and seamless. We can help you understand how to piece this part into your plans and budgets.
If you would like to get a better idea of the intricacies of Canadian surrogacy and how we can support you, you can book an Options Review meeting. This meeting can also include discussion of your other options, such as the UK and US.
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How much does it cost for a surrogate in Canada?
Surrogates in Canada can be paid expenses which are capped. This is agreed in advance of you meeting your surrogate and is written into her contract with you. Brilliant Beginnings can assist with setting up your relationships with Canadian organisations and help you manage getting back home to the UK.
The altruistic nature of surrogacy in Canada means that, similarly to the UK, reasonable expenses (for maternity clothes, time off work, etc) is included in this. Different provinces approach expenses differently and you may also have additional expense depending on your surrogate’s personal circumstances.
There are also many other costs you will need to take into account in setting a realistic overall budget, including professional, medical, legal and insurance costs. All of this can be explained in detail during an Options Review meeting or as part of your Canadian Matching and Management with Brilliant Beginnings.
Parental rights for Canadian surrogacy
If your child is born to a Canadian surrogate, he or she will have the right to a Canadian birth certificate and you will be the legal parent/s (under Canadian law) from the outset. Your Canadian attorney will advise you on how to apply for a Canadian birth certificate. However, you will need to be aware that although you will have parental rights in Canada, these are not automatically recognised in the UK which is why you need to go through an additional UK legal process once you are back home. All our services include a Legal Review with our sister organisation NGA Law to guide you on what you need to do to secure your legal parentage in the UK.
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How does Brilliant Beginnings help with Canadian surrogacy?
We offer project-management and support services to UK intended parents conceiving through surrogacy in Canada. Our basic Canadaian Surrogacy Matching and Management service (which costs £6,000 plus VAT) covers our working with you to help you understand the overall Canadian surrogacy path and identify a well-suited and vetted Canadian agency, clinic and attorney to work with, introducing you to them and helping you set out your practicalities. Our fees also include a UK legal review (including a meeting and advice letter) with a solicitor from NGA Law.
Our enhanced Canadian Surrogacy Matching and Management service (which costs £9,000 plus VAT) continues on from the basic service, giving continued professional support through your matching, fertility treatment and pregnancy to bringing your baby home to the UK. You will also receive enhanced UK legal support included in our fee, with a solicitor from NGA Law being on hand to advise on the specific UK legal issues associated with your match and to review the Canadian legal documents you are entering into.
Other destinations for surrogacy: US and the UK
Several countries offer legally-recognised surrogacy, including the UK, Canada, the USA, Georgia, the Ukraine and Greece. There are also a number of unregulated destinations that are evolving and should be approached cautiously. As well as Canada, Brilliant Beginnings supports surrogacy journeys in the UK and the USA as these are options that are established and legally regulated.
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