Starting your family? Start by comparing surrogacy agencies
Creating a family in a nontraditional way is not a decision that is made without a great deal of thought. For those who have discovered the benefits of surrogacy and have chosen it as a way to start their family, it’s time to take an important next step. Comparing surrogacy agencies is crucial not only to having a successful surrogacy process, but to the future of your surrogate family parenting experience.
Comparing private surrogacy and agencies
If you perform a search for “surrogacy,” you’ll find a number of informational articles. You’ll also find stories that provide accounts of surrogacy gone wrong. Like any other service, there are newer, less-experienced agencies that haven’t yet established a track record of success. There are also well-established agencies that have the legal and medical expertise to ensure a successful surrogacy experience.
Private surrogacy is often sought out because the cost seems lower than a professional agency. It may include an arrangement with a stranger who has offered her services as a surrogate through a website. Or it may even be a relative or friend. However, even if the surrogate is a trusted friend or family member, there are specific legal, financial, and emotional parameters to meet. Contractual obligations must provide legal protection for everyone in the surrogacy arrangement. Even so, private surrogacy arrangements offer few safety nets.
Private or independent surrogacy often lacks emotional, legal and medical support. Even smaller agencies that claim to offer a more personal touch can’t always offer the attention a parent or surrogate needs. Surrogacy can be an exciting yet highly emotional experience. Clear and accurate answers to all questions throughout the process are essential. When comparing surrogacy agencies, you’ll find that larger, established agencies can better handle your needs.
The Center for Surrogate Parenting is not only a reputable surrogacy agency, it’s an experienced one. Our roots date back to 1980. Since then, we’ve helped parents bring more than 2,600 children into the world. That’s a lot of happy endings for stories that often started with disappointment, frustration, and hopelessness.
Reputation when comparing surrogacy agencies
Like any customer service-based business, surrogacy agencies must establish a reputation for ethical and professional services. Protecting that reputation comes from providing a high surrogacy success rate, offering reasonable financial incentives for surrogates, meeting legal requirements and giving emotional support. Additionally, ensuring the parents play an active role in the process is an important factor for success.
Ways to evaluate an agency to see if it’s the right choice for you
Readily available information: A surrogacy agency should provide a website that allows you to review their policies and the steps in the surrogacy process and other pertinent information. The CSP website offers information on every aspect of the surrogacy progress.
Years in business: When a successful surrogacy agency is still in business after many years, it’s likely because they do things the right way. CSP was the first surrogacy agency, and it has stuck to its mission for more than 39 years.
Happy clients: Any legitimate agency should provide testimonials from the parents and surrogates they’ve worked with. At CSP, many of our clients come to us through referrals from previous clients. And some of our clients have returned, requesting that we help them with additional pregnancies to grow their families.
Professionalism: Over the years, CSP has assisted parents who come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Our parents and surrogates trust us with a great deal of personal and sensitive information. To ensure all aspects of the surrogacy are ethical and legal, we must screen every party. CSP is proud of its professional and ethical standards. We strive to create a beautiful surrogacy experience. Part of that experience is respecting and protecting your privacy.
Comparing surrogacy agencies and helping with tough decisions
For many parents, exploring surrogacy is their first journey into parenthood. It can seem overwhelming. They need to make many decisions, including difficult ones. CSP will provide any information you need to make an educated decision that matches your beliefs. We can also help you with family planning and the timing for future surrogacy journeys.
For additional information on surrogacy, please contact us.