5 Things Good Surrogacy Agencies Have in Common

Comment Off 11 Views

Whether you are hoping to grow your family through surrogacy or you are considering becoming a surrogate, the decision to use a surrogacy agency is a momentous one.  Such a life changing decision can be exhilarating, and choosing the right agency is an especially important decision. While researching which agency to use, explore the five things that all good surrogate agencies have in common.

Agency experience

An agency’s experience plays a big role in your surrogacy journey. Whether you are an intended parent or a surrogate, surrogacy is intense and emotional; a good agency should be experienced in every aspect and possible outcome of surrogacy. When interviewing potential agencies, good agencies should adequately address these questions:

  • How long has this particular agency been in business?
  • How many clients does the agency see annually? Do they have a record of successful surrogacy journeys?
  • What are the protocols for issues that arise?
  • What happens if the surrogate does not get pregnant?
  • Are there any current lawsuits against the agency?  Have there been any lawsuits recently? How were those cases resolved?
  • Are former surrogate or parent testimonies available?

Another excellent way to ascertain an agency’s experience is to seek referrals from OBGYN or other medical professionals. A good agency will have the referrals to support their expertise.

Knowledgeable staff

The staff is the heart of the agency.  An exceptional agency consists of a staff members that are knowledgeable, dependable, and attentive. When interviewing a surrogate agency, consider asking the following questions in regards to the staff:

  • Is the staff large enough to accommodate the necessary, continuous communication?
  • How quickly are phone calls, emails returned?
  • What if there is an emergency? Is the staff prepared to handle all situations?

Legal knowledge

You are not limited to choosing a local surrogate agency; however, laws regarding surrogacy vary state by state. As such, a reputable agency will have legal resources and/or a legal team on staff.  Both intended parents and surrogates have legal rights during a surrogacy journey. Having a legal team present help to make the journey as smooth as possible.

Heavy focus on parent/surrogate relationship

The most successful surrogacy journeys involve solid communication between the parents and the surrogate. A good agency knows this and works diligently to cultivate that relationship.

Clear expectations and high standards

A reputable surrogate agency clearly addresses the expectations of the parents as well as the surrogate.  A good agency always has clear expectations and high standards including: a comprehensive screening process, clear and easy-to-understand financial transactions, a plethora of available resources, and access to support groups.

Surrogacy is a fun and exciting journey, but preparing and thoroughly researching agencies will make the journey all the more enjoyable when you find the perfect agency.

In : Health

About the author