If you have made the decision to pursue surrogacy, you’re likely contemplating working with a surrogacy agency. Before legally committing to any Gestational Surrogacy Agency, it helps to know what their roles and responsibilities towards you are.
A surrogacy agency is required to do more for you than match you with a surrogate. They must also:
Understand your Requirements
The surrogacy agency you are considering must take the time to get to know you and your needs. They must also be willing to work with your budget and have a clear understanding of what characteristics you’re looking for in an ideal surrogate candidate.
Knowledge of State Laws
The surrogate agency must have an understanding of the state laws where you reside. Each has its own set of laws (and a lack of regulations) and procedures related to surrogacy. There are some states that prohibit the practice of surrogacy. Therefore where your surrogate will deliver your baby and how you will secure your parental privileges will be determined by the state in which your surrogate resides.
Applying Extensive Screening Procedures
A surrogacy agency uses extensive screening procedures to match Intended Parents with surrogates. These procedures include multiple interviews with agency staff, the agency’s licensed psychologist and or physician, completion of questionnaires and intake forms, as well as background checks.
Advice about Insurance
The surrogacy agency you are considering ought to guide you in finding sufficient insurance coverage options and what they should cover.
Help to find a Fertility Clinic
If you haven’t finalized your choice for a fertility clinic, the surrogacy agency will help you compare and identify several fertility clinic options including refund programs, guarantee programs, financial assistance programs, etc.
If applicable, the surrogacy agency ought to coordinate all medical and psychological screening appointments with the surrogate and egg donor.
Organize the Legal Process
The surrogacy agency must lead you in the legal process and not just refer you to counsel. They should be able to give you conditions of the agreement between yourself and the surrogate mother.
Provide Counseling and Support
There may come a time during the process where either your surrogate, you or both may require professional counseling from a mental health specialist. The surrogate agency must be able to provide you with this support as well resources for finding professionals with special expertise in handling specific issues.
Other Services Provided
In addition to the services mentioned above, the surrogacy agency should help you with the following:
- Setting up an account for your surrogate mother’s reimbursements and expenses
- Regular facilitation throughout the process
When searching for a surrogacy agency, it is important to keep in mind that a “big” agency doesn’t necessarily mean it is good and an “established” agency doesn’t mean it provides good service.
For assistance in finding a surrogacy agency that suits your needs, contact Rite Options.