You’re considering working with a surrogate.
You are afraid that she’ll keep the child, that things won’t work out, that you’ll be risking your money and your emotions.
What do you do? How do you protect yourself?
In light of the recent guilty plea of Attorney Theresa Erickson, someone who claimed to care about assisting infertile couples, admitting that she scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars from couples by sending surrogates to the Ukraine to conceive, then selling their babies, your concerns are certainly legitimate.
This is probably the single most important decision in your life, and it is one that should be made after careful investigation and deliberation.
So, how do you decide who to trust?
Theresa Erickson pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She admitted that she sent surrogate mothers to the Ukraine, then once they got pregnant and their pregnancies went into the second trimester, she falsely represented that the mothers’ couples backed out of the agreement, then tried to sell their babies for as much as $100,000. She also admitted to lying to courts, claiming that the surrogacy arrangements were legitimate. Another lawyer, Hilary Neiman, from Maryland, also pled guilty. They face up to 5 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, as well as (hopefully) being disbarred.