Questions Intended Parents Should Ask Their Surrogacy Agency
10 Questions Intended Parents Should Ask a Surrogacy Agency Before Making a Decision

10 Questions Intended Parents Should Ask a Surrogacy Agency Before Making a Decision

Choosing a surrogacy agency is an important decision for intended parents. It’s crucial that you find an agency that aligns with your values and can provide the support and resources you need throughout the surrogacy journey. Here are 10 questions to ask when meeting with a surrogacy agency to help you find the right one for you.

When it comes to surrogacy, finding the right agency can make all the difference. As intended parents, it's important to ensure that the agency you choose aligns with your values and can provide the support and resources you need throughout the surrogacy journey. Before making a decision, it's important to ask the right questions to ensure that you find the best fit for you and your family.

What is the agency's screening process for surrogates?

It's important to understand the agency's screening process for evaluating and selecting surrogates, to ensure that they are qualified and a good match for you. Some agencies will complete the screening before sharing the profile with intended parents while others do it after the match. It's important to know exactly what the process is so you won't end up falling in love with a surrogate and then realise she didn't pass the next screening phase.

What is the wait time for finding a surrogate match?

With the shortage of surrogates, intended parents are waiting longer for a match. It's important to ask the agency what the current waiting time is so you can plan accordingly and manage your expectations. Additionally, understanding the
payment expectations will help you plan your finances accordingly.

How much does surrogacy cost with this agency, and what are the unexpected costs that might occur along the journey?

Surrogacy can be a costly process, and it's important to have a clear understanding of the costs involved with the agency you choose. This includes not only the agency fees, but also any additional expenses that may arise during the process. Asking about unexpected costs will help you prepare and budget accordingly.

What are the estimated costs for insurance during the surrogacy process?

This is important to know in advance so that you can budget accordingly. Some surrogates have surrogacy-friendly insurance while others don't. It's important to understand the bigger picture and the total amount you are expected to bear, as the insurance status of the surrogate can affect her compensation.

What is the agency's policy for birth registration and citizenship status?

Knowing the policy on birth registration and citizenship will ensure that you understand what to expect and what steps will need to be taken after the birth of your child. It's important to note that this information can vary from country to country and the agency should be able to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on this subject.

What is the agency's re-match policy?

It's important to understand the agency's policy on re-matching in case the surrogacy journey does not work out as planned and you need to choose a different surrogate. Knowing if you will have to wait for another available surrogate from their pool and what funds might be refunded in such cases is crucial.

Who is the team that will be supporting you throughout the process?

Knowing who will be supporting you throughout the surrogacy journey is important in order to establish trust and build a good working relationship with the agency. The surrogacy process is long, and you want to make sure you are working with the right team and that you have good chemistry with them. It is important to have a team you can rely on and trust to guide you through the process.

Can we review the legal contract?

Understanding the legal angle to surrogacy is important for intended parents to know their rights. Reviewing the legal contract with the agency will give you a better understanding of the expectations and agreements made between all parties involved in the surrogacy process, including the rights and responsibilities of both intended parents and surrogates.

How do they handle potential complications or challenges that may arise during the surrogacy process?

Knowing how the agency handles potential complications will give you peace of mind and ensure that you are prepared for any challenges that may come up. Try to learn more about their experience and how many cases they have handled and how they operated, this might give you a better understanding of the way this agency operates.

Can they provide references or testimonials from previous intended parents and surrogates?

Reading reviews and testimonials from previous clients can give you an idea of what to expect and help you make a more informed decision. Talking to experienced surrogates or intended parents that worked with the agency will always share new insights on the agency. It is good to have a personal reference from someone who has been through the process with the agency.

By asking these questions, you'll be able to better understand the agency's process and determine if it's the right fit for you. Keep in mind that finding the right match is key to a successful and smooth surrogacy journey, and that starts with finding the right agency for you. At Expecting, we understand that becoming a parent through surrogacy is a big decision and we are here to support you every step of the way.
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