Surrogacy in the UK

While altruistic Surrogacy is legal in the UK, there are rules about its practice.

  • No third party should be involved on a commercial basis – that is, receive fees for ‘brokering’ a surrogacy relationship.
  • Paid advertising for a surrogate is not allowed, nor is advertising to be a surrogate
  • Surrogates can only receive payment to cover expenses that she has incurred in being pregnant for her intended parents

The UK has an established history of supporting uncompensated surrogacy arrangements since at least 1988, principally through the work of consumer-run charities such as COTS and Surrogacy UK. While these organisations cannot match surrogates and intended parents, they can provide environments for DIY independent matching.

Since April 2010 it has also been possible for same-sex couples to undertake surrogacy in the UK – and more recently for single males. However given there is not currently professional screening, matching and support of UK surrogates, many UK residents prefer to engage in surrogacy in overseas countries where this is legal, engaging surrogacy agencies that specialise in sourcing, screening and supporting  potential surrogates in what are very complex arrangements. 

Cost of surrogacy in the UK

Surrogacy costs in UK (England, Scotland, and Wales) depend on many factors, including whether host or gestational surrogacy are used, travel costs, how many embryo transfers are required, whether there are miscarriages or other unforseen medical costs and the expense reimbursements agreed between parties

The intended parents are required to cover all medical and related costs of the surrogacy process Typically UK courts will approve surrogate expenses of £12,000 – £16,000.

Engage with Growing Families

Too often intended parent(s) engage in surrogacy without full awareness of the risks and how potential hurdles can be minimised.  To assist, Growing Families have created support packages that inform, guide, and support your journey.

Our team have been helping intended parents with international family-building since 2012 and have assisted over 3000 parents.  Drawing on our extensive experience and global contacts, we can help select the right option for you.

We offer Assessment & Support Consultation Packages to discuss your unique circumstances and provide a secure pathway that best meets your family building needs. 

If you would like to discuss your situation in more detail with us, please complete this situation assessment form so we can understand your journey to date.  Then, we will be in contact to arrange a 15-minute consultation.

Growing Families also host regular events featuring expert service providers, surrogates and recent parents.  View our Event Schedule for an upcoming event near you.