An increasing number of Chinese couples are contracting surrogate mothers in America, as a safer alternative to the domestic options, and so that their children will be born with U.S. citizenship. Mostly popular among wealthy Chinese couples, who are unable to have children naturally, international surrogacy is becoming a growing trend in China. In fact, it’s become so popular that agencies have been set up, in China, specifically dedicated to helping Chinese couples through the process of finding a surrogate mother in America.
The Motives Driving the Rise in International Surrogacy
Using a surrogate mother to have a child is illegal in China. This forces some couples to seek help, from a potentially dangerous black market, to achieve surrogate parenthood. Though for the wealther class of Chinese who can afford the higher price tag, international surrogacy is a much safer and more beficial option. In addition to the added safety of going international, many Chinese are also drawn in by the promise of attaining U.S. citizenship through their children. The value this can bring leads even less wealthy classes of Chinese couples to cycle through payday loans and credit cards to finance the process of getting an American baby.
The Cost of Having an American Baby
The costs of having a baby through an american surrogate are in the range of about $120,000 to $200,000. This cost, while by no means cheap for most Chinese couples, is far less than any alternative solution to gaining US citizenship, including U.S. investment visas, which have been rising in popularity among wealthy Chinese emigrants.
Legality of The Process
Surrogacy has been illegal in China since it was deemed unethical by China’s Ministry of Health, in 2001. While black market fertility solutions do exist in some Chinese cities, many couples aren’t willing to accept the risks involved with such shady dealings. International surrogacy eleviates these risks and provides added peace of mind to the hopeful parents. International surrogacy also serves as a means of circumventing Chinese laws which limit the number of children a couple may have. Though the costs of being fined for violating China’s family panning laws would typically be less than the cost of a surrogacy arrangement.
Gaining U.S. Citizenship
Under U.S. law, if a baby is born in the United States, he or she is granted US citizenship, even if both biological parents are of another nationality and have never even been to the states. Once the child turns 21 their parents are also eligible to receive a green card. This not only delivers the security and opportunities that come with a US passport for the child, but also provides a path to future citizenship for the parents as well.