For some couples with fertility issues, adoption and surrogacy can be their only options for fulfilling dreams of having a family. But, not everyone involved in the baby business is on the up and up. Consider the adoptive parents that found out their Samoan children had been stolen from their biological parents and placed in America under false pretenses by Focus On Children adoption agency. Thirty-seven children were involved, but the agents who facilitated the placements were charged with just misdemeanors.
It's equally devastating to think about the hopeful parents now caught in the midst of SurroGenesis's situation. Couples placed money in trust funds for the company to pay their surrogates, but the money went missing. One report said:
On one level, this looks like any other financial scandal. But the pregnancies add a whole new dimension. Around 70 people are affected. At least one pregnancy plan was reportedly suspended just before extracting the eggs that were to be used. In two other reported cases, the surrogates are in their third trimester. But what about the pregnancies in the middle—too late to call off the fertilization or implantation but not too late for abortion?
Some couples have managed to pay, out of their own funds, the monthly installments that the companies had promised to the surrogates. But others can't. A lawyer involved in the case says, "We've got couples in the midst of pregnancies with no ability to pay the surrogate."
If you are seeking alternative ways to start or complete your family, make sure and do extensive research.