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Update On Bala Surrogacy

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.

Discussion

6 comments for “Update On Bala Surrogacy”

  • IT’S ABOUT TIME

    Ummm…Holly Kahle used to be the VP of SurroGenesis. Hopefully that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that people are having problems with her new agency.

  • scammed surrogate

    I like her excuse ” she is in the hospital and unable to work due to a medical condition” us victims of SGUSA heard the same story about tonya and her “hysterectomy”

  • SCAMMED BY BALA SURROGACY/HOLLY KAHLE

    BALA SURROGACY/HOLLY KAHLE SCAMMED 2 MILITARY FAMILIES:
    IP IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ

    For 7 years my husband and I tried to have a baby. In 2003, at the age of 29 yrs. old, I had an ectopic pregnancy and was diagnosed with Stage Four Endometriosis and both fallopian tubes were removed along with one ovary. Finally, in 2005 we had the funds to cover the fees for invitro, but unfortunately, a few weeks into the process other medical issues appeared and ended up having a full hysterectomy.

    About 2 years ago I researched surrogacy and the egg donor process, but again we did not have the funds. In June 2009 my husband was called to serve a 1 year tour in Iraq. We were both heart-broken as we’ve NEVER been separated. The only good that could come out of his deployment was we would finally have the funds for surrogacy.

    In December 2009 I contacted Bala Surrogacy via Bala’s internet site and within hours Holly Kahle called me back, explained the process, forwarded the “contracts” and advised she had a surrogate for us in mind…all in one day. My husband was signing the contracts and forwarding same back to Holly via the internet in the middle of a war zone in Baghdad, Iraq. We interviewed with surrogates via conference calls between myself, Holly, the surrogate and my husband in Iraq. Please note, our surrogate is also a wife of an active duty airman.

    Within no time Holly was complaining to us about other IP’s saying they weren’t paying their surrogates and she kept asking us for more and more money, outside of what the contract had stated…she NEVER mailed us copies of contracts or other documentation which bore her signature. I, like a fool, sent her ALL the funds needed to fulfill OUR financial obligations to our surrogate.

    NOTE: When we started this process I asked Holly “How much is this WHOLE process going to cost us?” I told her we only had $50,000 to invest. She said, and I quote, “The whole process will cost about $40,000 and no more than $50,000, including Bala’s fees”. LIES LIES LIES!!!!! We are now WELL over $60,000.

    The problems with Holly started with the first payment to be made to our surrogate. Late payments were due to:
    Holly was running around because her step-father was in the hospital.
    Holly was having issues with her ovaries.
    Holly had a hysterectomy
    Holly had back surgery

    Holly claimed she had an accountant. Holly, in September, claimed she had a new business partner, YET, no payments were being sent to our surrogate?!?! For MONTHS I requested medical information on our egg donor, as I believe it’s important for us to have, we’ve received NOTHING! For MONTHS I requested ALL escrow funds be returned to us. She even had our surrogate sign a release of funds – months ago – and to date no funds have been returned. She writes our surrogate saying her attorney will not allow her to correspond with us. Holly did inform our surrogate that she would return our escrow funds to us and has not done so to date.

    Holly has breeched the contracts between us and Bala Surrogacy in more ways than one. I have DEMANDED all funds be returned to us as well as medical records for our egg donor. We have been trying for MONTHS now. We are in contact with the State Attorney Generals Office and PRAY all monies and records will be returned. If our efforts through the DA are not successful, we may take this to the media with the hope of our surrogate receiving her monies due and for other couples contemplating surrogacy

    PRE-BIRTH ORDER

    Holly stated “If your surrogate gives birth in the state of Pennsylvania, the IP’s names automatically go on the birth certificate”. This is NOT true. This depends on the county your child is born in OR where you live OR where your surrogate lives. The Judge in our county DOES NOT grant such Orders as he does not agree with the surrogacy process. Thank GOD our surrogate lives in an approving county, otherwise this could have been ALOT worse.

    PLEASE, DO THOROUGH RESEARCH ON SURROGACY AGENCIES PRIOR TO MAKING YOUR DECISION!!!!!!

  • Ashley

    Let me tell you guys something I was a donor of hers. She said I would be in NJ for 2 weeks it ended up at 2months. I finally got my eggs retrived and then it took 3 more weeks to get my check which it was promised to be 8k when it really was 5k.
    Then the check i got bounced.
    Isnt that great?

  • Colleen

    Reply to Ashley: I REALLY wish you had done your research. Holly has scammed MANY families, donors and surrogates. Holly should be put behind bars.

    • Norm

      Holly is living wiyh boyfriend @ ****** Road Cogan Station,Pa. She does not pickup certified mail.Where she is residing is located approximately 10 miles outside of williamsport.

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