I wanted to post a quick update to our post yesterday about Bala Surrogacy as it has generated some interest. As of today, very little new information has come to light. We have heard through the grapevine conflicting stories about the owner of Bala Surrogacy, Holly Kahle. Apparently some clients have been notified that she is currently in the hospital and unable to work due to a medical condition. Other accounts contradict this excuse.
As I posted yesterday, I have been unable to corroborate some of the allegations and have withheld sharing them. If you are working with Bala, should you be concerned? My answer will not give much comfort but I would caution you to be very wary. There may be a legitimate explanation for what occurred. However, anytime an agency is accused of not funding a trust account, failing to timely compensate a surrogate as required under the contract, makes a payment from a general business account instead of the requisite trust account and then has that check returned for insufficient funds, you have plenty of reason to be suspicious. At a minimum, I would implore all Intended Parents and Surrogates to demand an accounting of their trust funds – including a copy of the current bank statement. Internal ledgers generated by an agency’s accounting software is practically useless as it in no way imparts any information on how much funds are actually on deposit in your account.
We will continue to keep you apprised of developments in this case as the situation warrants.