USA Surrogacy Pathway
Support as unique as you are
Many UK parents choose to go to the USA for surrogacy because it offers certainty, experience and legally-recognised surrogacy agreements.
Brilliant Beginnings and NGA Law have unrivalled UK experience in international surrogacy and are sibling organisations which work closely together (and alongside the best US professionals). Our US Surrogacy Pathway is an ‘end-to-end’ fully-managed professional surrogacy service, which coordinates practical agency support provided on a non-profit basis by Brilliant Beginnings and expert legal representation from the UK’s leading surrogacy solicitors NGA Law, tailored to your personal needs.
Getting to know you and helping you prepare
After you send in your application form, we will arrange a face-to-face meeting with you to talk through the whole US surrogacy process, to help you budget realistically and to explore your preferences and expectations for your US surrogacy journey.
Choosing your US surrogacy professional partners
You will need a team of trusted US professionals: a surrogacy agency (which will screen and support your surrogate), a US fertility clinic (which will provide your IVF treatment) and a US attorney (who will help with your surrogacy agreement and the US legal process to make you your child’s legal parents under US law).
We will work with you to help you choose your US surrogacy partners, doing the vetting for you so the choice is not overwhelming. Drawing on our long experience, unrivalled sector knowledge and visits to the US, our advice is independent – we have no financial arrangements with any US professionals – and it is personal to you. We will help you put together a shortlist of US professional partners, be part of your initial calls or meetings with them, and help you decide who to work with.
UK legal advice and representation from the UK’s leading surrogacy lawyers
Your legal manager from the NGA Law team will advise you on how UK law works in the context of a US surrogacy journey, and how they will help you bring your baby home, become the legal parents of your child in the UK and secure British nationality for your child.
Your legal manager will remain on hand throughout your journey, working alongside your Brilliant Beginnings client manager. NGA Law will review your US contracts and documents and will be available to answer any UK legal questions, as well as helping you put in place specialist wills, an important part of the surrogacy process to protect you and your child.
Unlimited support from our experienced client managers
Your client manager from Brilliant Beginnings will support you through your US surrogacy journey, making sure there are no missing pieces of the jigsaw, prompting you at each stage so you don’t miss any steps, and giving guidance and support throughout your fertility treatment, selection of surrogate and (if relevant) egg donor, US legal contracts and parentage process and pregnancy.
Your client manager is your trusted advisor, there for you throughout the ups and downs.
Preparing for the birth and getting you home
We will help you prepare for the birth in the US in practical terms, and in respect of the legal issues. Your legal manager will advise you on travel/immigration, as well as providing a letter to support you through immigration when you come home.
And when your baby arrives we will celebrate with you!
Becoming your child’s legal parents in the UK
NGA Law will represent you in your application for a UK parental order which will make you your child’s legal parents in the UK. You have a choice about the level of service you want to have:
With our premium pathway, NGA Law will manage the court process for you from start to finish, preparing all your evidence and representing you in the High Court to conclude the court process as efficiently as possible. NGA Law will also manage the applications for your child’s UK birth certificate and UK passport.
With our basic pathway, NGA Law will represent you in the initial stages of your court application to get you set up and on track, and from there will work with you to help you prepare your evidence and to navigate the process smoothly to complete your application.
From our families created through US surrogacy
Thank you all at Brilliant Beginnings, who guided and supported me so well through what turned out to be a truly wonderful American surrogacy.
A huge thank you for all your invaluable help and advice, for being with us every step of the way and helping us bring our daughter into the world. What an amazing journey it’s been!
Different-sex parents through US surrogacy
Our combined professional fees for our US Surrogacy Pathway are
£30,000 plus VAT (Premium Pathway) or
£16,000 plus VAT (Basic Pathway)
covering our full agency service from start to finish, UK legal advice throughout, specialist wills and expert legal representation in your parental order
Our fees are staged as follows:
When you sign up: £5,000 plus VAT (Brilliant Beginnings) and £2,000 plus VAT (NGA Law)
When you are matched: £3,000 plus VAT (Brilliant Beginnings) and £2,000 plus VAT (NGA Law)
On your 20 week scan: £4,000 plus VAT (NGA Law)
On birth (if you have opted for our premium pathway): £14,000 plus VAT (NGA Law) charged as 4 monthly instalments of £3,500 plus VAT
In addition to our fees you will need to pay for your US agency fees, US surrogate/donor compensation, fertility treatment costs, US health insurance, US legal costs and personal travel and accommodation. We will help you to budget as part of our service.