The Matching Process
All prospective Surrogates have been carefully pre-screened. This includes an application process and thorough questionnaire, an interview with Family Source, a letter of consent from her OB,all pregnancy and delivery records, a criminal background check and Psychological screening on the potential Surrogate, as well as her partner if married or in a committed relationship. It is imperative that all Gestational Surrogates meet the below criteria to be considered.
- Be a resident of the United States between the ages of 21-40
- Be healthy overall healthy
- Be height-weight proportionate, not smoke or take illegal drugs
- Have at least one child and be raising that child
- Have experienced a full-term pregnancy and delivery
- Be in a stable living situation
- Have the support from their family, and/or friends
- Not be on public assistance
- Never have been convicted of a crime
- Be willing to take medications via injection (when instructed by RE)
We pride ourselves on making wonderful matches between Intended Parents and their Surrogate, therefore, the more we learn of your expectations, we will be prepared to share with you Surrogates profiles that meet your full criteria. The average time frame for completing a match with a Surrogate is typically between two and six months, this of course will vary based from the criteria that you have within a Gestational Surrogate. Surrogates also have their criteria in which they are expecting within Intended Parents, therefore, the matching process is very delicate; once all parties have reviewed one another’s profiles and mutually agree to move forward with a meeting, we will facilitate this in person, via Skype or telephone. We understand your hopes and dreams of becoming a parent. With our personal and professional knowledge and experience, Family Source is prepared to assist you on this sensational journey.
Your Journey is in Full Swing
Upon matching with your Gestational Surrogate, you will be working closely together with an FSC Program Coordinator throughout the duration of the journey! At this time, once officially matched with your Surrogate, your escrow account will be required to be opened and funded with a minimum of $3000; we will refer you to an escrow management company. Your Program Coordinator will be in frequent communication with you and facilitate all arrangements to ensure that your journey is moving forward seamlessly. Your Surrogate have the required medical screening done to ensure that she is in a healthy physical condition and to confirm that she is a good candidate for pregnancy. She will take required blood tests – including but not limited to HIV and other sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests – as will her spouse/partner when applicable. Medical clearance will take place approximately 5-10 days after your Surrogates initial medical screening appointment.
On Your Way to Baby
When the medical screening process is complete, you will then begin the legal process with an Attorney who specializes in Reproductive Law; Family Source is happy to refer you to an Attorney. The escrow account will be required to be fully funded at this time with your Surrogates full base compensation, and an additional $5000 – $10,000 for incidentals, doctor bills, etc. Once the contract (Direct Agreement) is signed by all parties, your Surrogate may then begin the medical protocol to prepare for the embryo transfer. Many IVF cycles are completed using frozen embryos, in which therefore, your Surrogate will not need to be synchronized with the Intended Mothers or Egg Donors cycle, however, if preparing for a fresh embryo transfer, the Surrogate’s cycle will be synchronized with the Intended Mother’s (or Egg Donor’s) cycle so that her body is being prepared for pregnancy (and her uterine lining is thickening) as the Intended Mother (or Egg Donor) is being prepared for her egg retrieval. Typically, your Surrogate will take birth control pills, Lupron, estrogen and progesterone in either oral, patch, injection or a combination of two or more forms. Our team will happily attend the transfer if possible. In addition, if there are doctor appointments that you are unable to attend throughout the pregnancy, we are happy to accompany your Gestational Surrogate in your place when we can. And of course we would be thrilled to attend the birth of your baby/ies when at all feasible and asked.
Surrogacy LAWS in the United States and around the world
There currently is not a nationwide law regarding surrogacy in the United States; rather, each state has its’ own surrogacy laws. Certain states in the United States are considered more “surrogacy-friendly” than others. A state is referred to as surrogacy-friendly when there are no residency requirements for the Intended Parents and a birth certificate can be issued with the Intended Parents names as the legal parents.
Fortunately, our agency offices are located in Illinois, Florida and Texas – which have some of the most surrogacy-friendly laws in the United States!