How to pick a surrogacy agency
40 years ago, there were few options for those adults who wished to become parents. Before the late 1970s, the only two ways to achieve parenthood were through traditional means or adoption. Surrogacy opened up new options for hopeful parents all over the world, and it has helped couples and singles of all sexual orientations and cultures start families. When getting started, you want to know how to pick a surrogacy agency.
A foundation of ethical, professional surrogacy
The Center for Surrogate Parenting officially opened its doors in 1980. Throughout our history, we have developed a process that guides, educates and protects everyone. Early on, we established a goal of assisting responsible adults, no matter their sexual orientation or marital status. Our success is a result of our thorough screening processes and our persistence in maintaining an ethical and responsible surrogacy service.
Our joyful successes
CSP’s experience is evident in our 2,400 successful surrogate pregnancies We’ve helped heartbroken women and men who had all but given up their dreams of starting a family, due to medical issues or societal constraints. We’ve helped establish trusting relationships and bonds between intended parents and surrogate mothers that have created new families. It is a joyful experience, and we feel honored to be a part of each and every surrogacy.
Pick a surrogacy agency
Surrogacy is a major life event, and should be considered carefully. It requires a financial, legal, and emotional commitment. When you pick a surrogacy agency, it is imperative to evaluating every aspect of the agency. Here are some areas to consider before you pick a surrogacy agency:
- Is the surrogacy agency established? Does it have a physical office or offices? Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous individuals offering their services, who have only an internet presence. It’s hard to check them out because they have no track record and no ties. New agencies have a less-experienced staff and little experience with successful surrogacy.
- Does the agency offer a clear idea of the surrogacy process and expected time frames? If the potential agency does not answer your questions and is unable to provide clear expectations of the surrogacy steps, it’s best to move on.
- Does the agency have expert legal services? Is the staff knowledgeable about the legalities of surrogacy in the state where the child will be born? There are many laws surrounding surrogacy, and the agency should be knowledgeable about those laws.
- What sort of professional staff can help surrogates and intended parents? Access to legal, medical and psychological assistance is imperative throughout the surrogacy process.
- Will you have the right to choose your surrogate, and how does the process work? Matching intended parents with a surrogate mother is essential to a successful surrogacy. Reputable agencies have a group of surrogate mothers who have been screened thoroughly.
- How does the surrogate receive compensation? Although surrogacy is not a business, there are financial aspects that should be laid out clearly through legally binding contracts. At CSP, we set up a trust fund for the surrogate mother before the pregnancy takes place, and send the intended parents a statement each month with expenditures.
Warning signs when you pick a surrogacy agency
Surrogacy laws vary from state-to-state and country-to-country. As a result, there are surrogacy businesses whose primary motivations are financial payoffs, not happy endings and new families. There are a variety of warning signs for both surrogate mothers and intended parents seeking surrogacy services.
Be aware of these signs of unscrupulous surrogacy agencies or services:
- There is no evidence of successful surrogacies, and the agency offers no success stories that can be confirmed.
- No physical location. Anyone can establish a surrogacy agency solely based on an internet presence, without any professional background experience. They later open up a new agency under a different name.
- The agency tries to pressure you into signing documents without a firm understanding of what you are signing. The contract leaves out pertinent legal aspects.
- They ask for a large deposit and say it will be held in escrow, but you are not provided a statement or an update on the expenditures.
- The agency guarantees pregnancy.
- You are not provided any contact with the surrogate mother.
Verify all details about the surrogacy agency. Look for reviews from parents and surrogate mothers who have worked with the agency. Never jump into an arrangement you aren’t 100 percent sure about.
Not all surrogacy agencies offer services to those who identify as LGBT. Many agencies don’t provide services for single parents, either. CSP has a non-judgmental policy of helping responsible adults who are ready to be parents achieve that life goal, no matter their sexual orientation or marital status. We are the first agency to help an LGBT couple start a family. That was 30 years ago, and we’ve helped thousands of married and single people become parents since then.
Questions? Ask us
From the moment we have our first consultation to the moment your child arrives in the world, we will be there to answer questions, verify that all legalities have been addressed, and that everyone involved understands each step along the way. CSP is a reputable, well-known and respected surrogacy agency. Let us show you why.