Ever thought of traveling to the US to find a surrogate mother or want to know how the process works in America, well here is your perfect chance.This step-by-step guide is all thanks to the Center for Surrogate Parenting, and gives you the lowdown on the beginning right down to, fingers crossed, taking your baby home.It gives an interesting insight into the process and how it all works.The first thing to do is visit creatingfamilies.com and click on the 'PARENTS APPLY' button.The information requested is minimal, but necessary in order to answer your questions. It provides data about your attempts to create a family including your IVF history, medical necessity for surrogacy, doctor contact (if any) and whether or not you have embryos. Basic contact information such as your names and Skype addresses are also required. This information is confidential and not shared with any entities outside of the CSP surrogacy program. Informational Email will be Sent to YouYou will receive introductory information about CSP, the program and will be provided with the name of the case manager for your area. You can contact your case manager to ask questions and to schedule a consultation.ConsultationFull consultations can be conducted at our offices in California or Maryland, or via Skype for your convenience. They include at least hours with your case manager; an intake with an independent psychological counsellor and a meeting with an independent legal professional. Your case manager will discuss: the surrogacy process; estimated costs and CSP's role. CSP works with psychological counsellors universally recognised as the most experienced and knowledgeable in this field. Since our matching is psychologically based, the counsellor will get to know you from a psychological perspective; discuss your expectations for the relationship with your surrogate mother, your position on certain sensitive topics, as well as your background and what brought you to surrogacy. The legal professional will discuss the various factors which might have a legal impact upon your journey as well as surrogacy contracts, the finalisation of your parental rights and insurance matters.Sign retainers and send depositsIf you are comfortable with our program, you would request to retain our services. All necessary documents will be sent via email. Upon receipt of your signed agreement and the appropriate fees, you will be given access to your online portal where you can create your profile, update your application, complete forms, review important information and view surrogate mother profiles when provided.If necessary, find egg donor and create embryosSome people come to CSP having already worked with a fertility doctor and have embryos created. Some are in the process of creating their embryos, and some are new to the entire process, in which case we can help you find a fertility clinic and egg donor agency.Complete Profile LetterYour profile is your chance to share your story with potential surrogates, the more open you are the more opportunity there will be for a connection. CSP will provide you with guidelines and topics to be covered. Write your letter as if you are writing to a friend; include family and relationship history, details of your career and hobbies and what led you to surrogacy. Most importantly let her know who you are going to be as intended parents (IP's) and what they should expect out of the relationship during the process and after the birth. It should be a true reflection of yourselves and your relationship, accompanied by photos. Legal ProcessYou should retain your attorney and review their generic contract. The surrogacy contract sets out the expectations and legalities for all parties involved. It is a lengthy and detailed document which should be reviewed thoroughly. It includes the compensation schedule and expenses which will be reimbursed.
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