We have received an email confirmation that Miracles Egg Donation, Inc. has shut down. This is not surprising given the increasing number of victims who have come forward alleging misappropriation of trust funds and the failure to pay surrogates and egg donors.
If you are working with Miracles in any capacity, I would strongly encourage you to contact your attorney immediately to determine your rights and what remedies may exist. A number of the victims have already filed reports with the FBI and local law enforcement and your attorney can explore with you what options might exist.
As of August 23rd in an email, Allison Layton acknowledged that “Yes we have closed our office.” Yesterday, Miracles sent a letter to some of the victims stating:
Miracles Inc, would like to take the time to thank all of the clients, donors, surrogates, doctors, nurses, and attorneys that have remained and remain faithful to us during this trying situation. Some of you have already received notification and are aware of the current situation. We thank you for all of your words of kindness and support.
Miracles is in deed still open and has not closed our doors as we have recently heard was announced.
Miracles has been in business as most of you know since 2006. With many of you we have had a wonderful working experience together, in which we are extremely proud of. We have helped over 1,000 clients to date, with more than 1,000 babies being born through the assistance of our agency. We are not going to let something someone has done to affect our company cause us to close our doors. We have and are taking immediate action, along with changed company policies. All professional fees due for services will be required to be paid directly by the client and not that of Miracles. All donor fees require being held with either the donor’s attorney, or the Intended parent’s attorney. Anything surrogacy related to be held with the attorneys and or an escrow holding company. These fees will not be allowed to come through Miracles offices.
Any parties who have had an issue with Miracles Inc. will be receiving a letter from us. Any parties who are owed any money for medical bills, reimbursements of any sort etc.. will also be taken care of. We have been working with clients to make sure their issue/issues are resolved whatever they may be in a timely manner. We ask that if you were affected and have not yet received correspondence to please notify us by phone so that we may rectify your situation by calling 626-335-8777. (This number we have had since 2006 and is the same number that is and has been on our website.) We ask that you please be sure to leave a message should you not get a live person when you call and you will receive a return call no later than the next business day.
We appreciate and also want to thank those of you who have taken the time so send such wonderful and caring letters, cards, and for the wonderful calls we have received from so many of you. Most of all we thank those of you who have kept your faith in us, and have chosen to remain working with us. It is much appreciated.
Miracles Egg Donation and Surrogacy, Inc.
So is Miracles open or not? It seems that it all depends upon who is receiving the particular message as it varies based upon the recipient. Also, no word on whether the other Miracle “facilities” in Europe, California and Australia are open or not either.
So many new questions now given this most recent (and contradictory) statement by Layton. Hopefully, no matter what happened in the past, Layton finds a way to recover the funds that are owed to Miracles’ Donors, Surrogates and Intended Parents.