It looks like surrogacy could be an amazing option for you!
The best thing to do now is speak with a surrogacy agency.
Surrogacy might not be right for you at this time.
One or more of your answers do not meet the qualifications for surrogacy.
If you come back to the idea of surrogacy later in life, it could be right for you then!
It looks like surrogacy could be a great way to start or grow your family!
When you first considered becoming a surrogate, you might have thought about skipping an agency. If you want to know more about the numerous benefits of working with a surrogacy agency, get in touch with a surrogacy professional today to get more information.
As you learn more about the complexities of the process, you’ll likely find that having an experienced professional by your side through it all will be invaluable, especially if this is your first time being a surrogate.
The surrogacy process has a lot of moving parts and surrogacy agencies are dedicated to making sure you have everything you need to have a safe and successful surrogacy experience. If you want to know more about getting started now, contacting a surrogacy specialist can help.
So, should you use a surrogacy agency to become a surrogate? Continue reading below to find out.
Agencies are also sometimes called surrogacy groups, centers, surrogacy programs or companies, but they all perform the same function — they act as a kind of “one-stop shop” for surrogates and intended parents. They coordinate all the services that both parties will need throughout the surrogacy process, so most people find that working with this type of professional is the safest and least stressful way to complete a surrogacy journey.
Every agency will offer different services, but most offer:
When you’re looking at a potential agency, be sure to review what services they provide for surrogates in detail. If you don’t think they cover the essentials, keep looking.
You’ll usually need to reach out to an agency directly for a full list of their individual services.
No. But it’s generally considered safer and more convenient to take advantage of the services that agencies provide.
You can absolutely complete the surrogacy process without an agency. This is called “independent surrogacy,” and many women go on to have very positive experiences as independent surrogates. However, you’ll still need to work with a fertility clinic and an attorney, at a minimum. There are just some things you can’t D.I.Y.!
Being an independent surrogate is only recommended if you’re confident about navigating the surrogacy process on your own. Independent surrogates are responsible for:
Surrogacy is a legally, emotionally and physically complex process. First-time surrogates usually prefer the help of an agency, as independent surrogacy can be tricky.
Choosing the right agency is an important decision. That choice will primarily be influenced by your personal preferences and what you want out of your experience. For example, do you want to partner with intended parents who live in another country, who live near you, or who live in another state? Like any professional, different agencies will have different specialties and philosophies — choose the one that aligns best with what you’re looking for.
Not quite sure what you want yet? That’s ok, too. Start by calling up respected agencies and asking some questions. We recommend:
For at least the next year or so, you’ll be committed to changing someone else’s life. You deserve to have a professional that’s committed to you, too, and that’s there for you during that time.
Remember that selecting an agency is a uniquely personal choice, because your goals and needs will be different from another surrogate’s. This professional will be the one to guide you through the process, so take your time and choose someone that makes you feel confident about the journey ahead.
No. You’ve probably noticed that U.S. surrogacy agencies today only work with gestational surrogates. That’s because there are increased legal and emotional risks for traditional surrogacy.
Traditional surrogates use their own eggs to create the embryo used, making a carrier the biological mother of the baby, unlike in the gestational surrogacy process. Giving the intended parents her biological child is legally complex, but it’s also very emotionally complex. The process, in some ways, is not unlike adoption.
For these reasons, agencies won’t complete traditional surrogacies. If your heart is set on becoming a traditional surrogate, you’ll probably need to complete an independent surrogacy.
Surrogacy agencies offer financial clarity for surrogates. Surrogate compensation can range from $50,000-$110,000.
To review what we covered, here are the basic pros and cons of working with a surrogacy agency:
Ultimately, it’s your choice whether or not you want to go through an agency for your journey as a surrogate, but we do encourage using these types of professionals because of the undeniable benefits of using an agency. To get more information about why an agency might be right for you, contact a surrogacy professional today.
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