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4 Things to Look for When Finding a Surrogacy Agency

*Video Courtesy of American Surrogacy

Key Points:
  • Wait times: It can take 30 days to four years to find a surrogate, depending on the agency you choose.
  • Qualified Surrogates: Connecting to a highly qualified surrogate allows you to move forward in the process quickly and increases your chance of success.
  • Cost of Services: Your costs are directly related to the services you receive. More services mean a better experience for your family.
  • National vs. Local Surrogacy Agency: It’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of working with a national or local agency and compare agency options.

As a couple tired of waiting, ready to become parents and in the early stages of exploring surrogacy, you want to know how to choose the right surrogacy professional. 

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1. Wait Times

The most important factor in why families choose an agency is wait times.

Couples like you don’t deserve to wait to become parents, which is why, when looking at surrogacy agencies, you want to know their wait times. 

There are two main factors in how an agency like American Surrogacy can maintain low wait times:

  • Higher levels of marketing and outreach.
  • More highly qualified surrogates.

Smaller agencies that don’t reach the same number of prospective surrogates not only mean an increased probability that surrogates won’t be qualified, but it will take longer to connect with one. Families who choose some of these smaller agencies often wait 2.5-4 years to become parents.

The most impactful question we ask families who contact us for more information is, “How long are you willing to wait?” When finding a surrogacy agency, it’s crucial that you consider their wait times and decide if you’re willing to wait.


An agencies ability to market to more qualified surrogates allows them to maintain a balanced list of clients, saving you significant time in your journey.

2. Do They Work With High Qualified Surrogates?

Hopeful intended parents want to work with the most highly qualified surrogates because they want:

  • A surrogate who has been pre-screened and is ready to move forward with the medical process.
  • The best chance of having a successful experience.
  • To avoid a failed match and additional wait time to rematch.

Surrogacy agencies conducting a thorough screening process upfront can connect you with a surrogate who is more likely to get accepted by the clinic.

That means you won’t have to wait for your surrogate to undergo additional screenings to ensure they are qualified to move forward, saving you time and giving you confidence that you’re working with the very best surrogate.

You can learn more about the screening process by taking this link. You can also contact us online today.

3. Transparent Costs

Another important factor in finding a surrogacy agency is evaluating costs.

Many families have a tight budget to work with and, when searching for agencies, may find that some of the more highly rated agencies exceed that budget.

Surrogacy agencies that are full-service and can do more for their intended parents are more expensive, but you get what you pay for. That typically means: 

  • More marketing and outreach to more qualified surrogate candidates = lower wait times.
  • The agency can maintain a balanced list of hopeful parents and qualified surrogates.

If you come across an agency that fits into a lower budget range, you can certainly pursue your dreams of parenthood with them, but it’s important to understand that they are likely limited in their ability to reach highly qualified surrogates and wait times often balloon to 2.5 to 4 years to become parents. 

Combine that with more families on their list, and your wait times could increase tremendously. 

Your best chance of reaching more qualified surrogates is to work with agencies like American Surrogacy, who offer more marketing to increase your chances of finding the perfect fit.

We understand if you’re more comfortable working with an agency that fits your budget, but it’s important to know the differences in what you get. 

If you prefer to contact an agency that potentially fits into your budget, you can reach out to any of these agencies:

4. Experience

In choosing a surrogacy professional, you’ll also want to assess their experience level. 

The most successful agencies that can help you navigate the entire process and connect you with the best surrogates have the most experience. After a thorough review, we’ve found that these three agencies give you the best chance of finding a highly qualified surrogate:

Experience matters because these are the professionals who are going to help you end your wait to become a parent. This is your dream; the more experienced the agency, the better your chance of quickly seeing that dream become a reality.

Smaller, less experienced agencies may not be able to provide you with the services needed to complete your surrogacy journey or force you to wait significantly longer.

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To learn more about finding a surrogacy agency, you can contact an agency online, or you can continue reading a more in-depth informational breakdown of professionals here

You don’t have to wait any longer to become a parent. Our professionals are ready to connect you to a surrogacy agency that can help you get started on your journey today.

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