How to Find a Surrogate in California

Finding a surrogate with our support means taking the first step toward making your dream of parenthood a reality.

You’ve waited long enough to be a parent. You don’t have to wait longer than necessary when you work with us to find a surrogate in California. Your dream of experiencing parenthood can become a reality starting right now.

You can find a surrogate in California in an average of 30-90 days. Take control and get that much closer to experiencing birthdays, holidays and vacations with your child.

Get started on the path to parenthood today by talking to our specialists about how to find a surrogate.

How to Find a Surrogate in California

Finding a surrogate match in California is as simple as contacting us. You shouldn’t have to wait any longer than necessary to find a surrogate which is our industry-leading wait times mean becoming a parent as soon as possible.

Here are three steps you can take to find a surrogate match:


Find a carrier with our surrogate outreach program.


Get to know your surrogate through a conference call.


Solidify the match with a surrogacy contract.

These three steps and the comprehensive support we offer are your quickest path to parenthood.

Learn more about how to find a surrogate in the shortest time possible reaching out to us.

How Long Does it Take to Find a Surrogate in California?

Our industry-leading wait times of 30-90 days, on average, are the difference between holding your newborn in your arms next year, or in 3-4 years. You don’t have to work with an agency that isn’t equipped to find you a surrogate as soon as possible.

We’ve got the shortest average wait times as a result of three factors:

Balanced List

One of the biggest factors that influence our industry-leading wait times is our 1:1 intended parents-to-surrogate ration.


We reach tens of thousands of eyes on a monthly basis with our online and traditional marketing. What does this mean for you? A better chance at finding a surrogate profile in California you love.


All parties are thoroughly screened to ensure their readiness for the journey ahead. Our safe and thorough process brings the best quality candidates forward. 


Talk to a specialist today about how finding a surrogate with us means starting life with your new family that much sooner.

How Much Does it Cost to Find a Surrogate Mother in California?

We have a fixed-fee structure, which means you will always know what you’re paying for. The cost to find a surrogate match in California with us is $149,900.

Services that enable us to find you a surrogate in the shortest amount of time are covered by our cost. These include:


Our intensive and efficient screening process includes:

  • Social and medical history forms
  • In-home assessment and background checks
  • Medical and psychological evaluations
  • Insurance review

We want to make sure you are comfortable when finding the perfect match, and these services ensure that your safety and well-being is put at the forefront of our efforts.


It’s as simple as this; low marketing means longer waits while high marketing means shorter waits. Our marketing specialists advertise nationally to reach more potential candidates. We narrow down these down to the most highly qualified candidates.

Many agencies don’t have enough surrogates and work with too many intended parents to offer you realistic, short wait times. This unbalanced list can lead to waiting indefinitely.

We want to help you become a parent as soon as possible. That’s one of the ways our balanced list leads to our industry-leading wait times and parenthood for you sooner rather than later.

Parent Protection Fee

Knowing how much of an investment you’re making to find a surrogate in California, this provides financial security.

The majority of agencies don’t offer a Parent Protection Fee like ours that ensures you will be refunded a large portion of your investment if the surrogacy is unsuccessful.


How Do I Find a Surrogate Near Me?

Looking to find a surrogate?

Michael and Viet were able to find a surrogate within days of choosing American Surrogacy. 

If finding a surrogate near you in California is important, then we can find you a surrogate nearby. Our surrogate matching service has a variety of surrogate profiles that could be the right fit.

Your preferences could be the difference in shorter or longer wait times. So, if you’re open to out-of-state surrogates, for example, you could have a shorter average wait time.

The services we offer means you’ll be working with a nationwide agency that has helped create over 13,000 families. 

Visit One of Our California Offices

Newport Beach
4695 Macarthur Ct
Floor 11, Suite B

Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Suite 402

Sacramento, CA 95827

1120 Tully Road
Modesto, CA 95350

7257 N Maple Ave
Suite 101B

Fresno, CA 93720

San Luis Obispo
1540 Marsh Street
Suite 130

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Next Steps After Finding a Surrogate

Once you find the perfect match, the medical process of surrogacy comes next. But even if you have found your surrogate, you must have embryos created at a fertility clinic in order to move on.

If you’ve already created embryos, you can be matched with a surrogate quite quickly. You’re one step closer to being a parent. Reach out to us today if you’ve got embryos created with a fertility clinic.

If you need a fertility clinic, here are options in California.

  • Tree of Life Fertility Center (Los Angeles, Tarzana, Santa Clarita): Tree of Life provides reproductive medical care with a minimal amount of intervention. They have a collaborative effort approach all doctors having dedicated their entire careers to treating patients who have fertility problems
  • Coastal Medical Fertility Center (Irvine): Coastal Fertility Medical Center has been one of Orange County’s leading providers of reproductive care to infertility patients since 1982
  • Northern California Fertility Medical Center (Sacramento): Northern California Fertility Medical Center (NCFMC) was established in 1992 and is staffed by five board-certified reproductive endocrinology specialists, as well as an experienced team of embryologists, nurses, medical assistants and administrative personnel.
  • Reproductive Science Center (Oakland): Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area (RSC) is a member of SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology).

Other Things to Know About Finding a Surrogate in California

California is a “green light” state for surrogacy. Surrogacy is permitted for all parents, pre and post-birth parentage orders are granted throughout the state and both intended parents will be named on the birth certificate.

In 2013, surrogacy was officially legalized.

Surrogacy Attorneys in California

  • Klein Fertility Law (San Diego): Based in California, Klein Fertility Law has over 30 years of experience helping intended parents around the country, and the world.
  • The Surrogacy Law Center (Carlsbad): The Surrogacy Law Center can help facilitate contracts to establish the intent of the parties when it comes to parental rights, identify the parties’ financial responsibility and ensuring all parties are aware of the importance of informed consent.
  • Masler Surrogacy Law (Irvine): The attorneys at Masler Surrogacy Law represent intended parents who choose to enter into agreements for specific third party reproductive technology procedures.
  • Tarnoff Law (Bay Area): Tarnoff Law exclusively practices in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) law. They have helped form thousands of families through surrogacy and egg/sperm/embryo donation.

FAQ About Finding a Surrogate

Is California a Surrogacy-Friendly State?

California is a surrogate-friendly state. It’s considered a “green light” state as all types of surrogacy are permitted for all parents and parentage orders are granted throughout the state. The gestational surrogacy statute legitimizing the practice here began in 2013.

What is the Best Place to Find a Surrogate?

The best place to find a surrogate is with our agency. In addition to decades of experience with creating families, we’ve got all the services you need to complete your surrogacy under one roof.

Your dreams of becoming a parent can become a reality when you start your journey with us.

How Do I Find a Surrogate Mother for Free?

Online support groups, classifieds and networking with family and friends are just a couple ways you can find a surrogate for free.

But you’ve waited long enough to become a parent. And trying to find a surrogate for free comes with risk that can result in you waiting even longer.

We’ll help you in finding a surrogate quickly without sacrificing safety.

Is It Cheaper to Adopt or Have a Surrogate?

It is cheaper to adopt but there are other factors to consider when looking at adoption vs. surrogacy. Surrogacy means you will be able to raise a child you are genetically related to as well as having much more control during and throughout the process.

Is it Hard to Find a Surrogate in California?

No, it is not hard to find a surrogate in California when you work with an agency that has a safe, proven process to help you become a parent.

Our financial protection, 1:1 ratio of intended parents-to-surrogate ratio and fixed-fees mean we will help you find a surrogate quickly.

Can I Find a Surrogate Online?

Yes, you can find a surrogate online but there are disadvantages that come with going through the process without professional support. Those risks include:

  • Ineligibility to be a surrogate
  • Risk of fraud
  • Longer wait times

We have the shortest wait times, an average of 30-90 days. Why wait another year or longer to become a parent? Working with reputable professionals like us ensures a smooth and straightforward journey.

Can I Find a Surrogate Mother for a Gay Couple?

Yes, you can find a surrogate for a gay couple. We work with many surrogates who would be honored to help you live out your dreams of parenthood.