Now that you’ve decided on surrogacy, you’ve taken the first step in having your dreams realized. You are closer to having the family you’ve always wanted, and have been striving towards. The next step is being matched with a surrogate, who will carry your child.The thought of having a complete stranger carry, grow and deliver your baby may be intimidating. It’s perfectly natural to feel this way. However, here at Surrogacy Choices we ensure that each intended parent(s) and surrogate pairing are matched according to what is the best fit. After all, both intended parent(s) and surrogate are about to embark on a very important and emotional journey together.
Extensive Screening Process
There is an extensive process that intended parents must go through in order to be matched with a surrogate. It begins with the application. This allows us the first glimpse of what you’re like, why you’re interested in surrogacy, and how we can best fit your needs. Once the application is submitted, our staff carefully reviews it and answers any questions you may have throughout the process.The second piece for intended parents is to sign an agreement with your chosen agency, which outlines all necessary roles and responsibilities of all parties. This agreement establishes a promise that everything will be handled with the utmost care and attention.
Next is the background check. Everyone must be in line with our ethical and legal requirements before going further into the surrogacy process; thus, completing a background check is an absolute must. It will review your criminal and child abuse history, and ensure that no additional steps are necessary depending what state you reside in.Following this, intended parents must undergo a medical evaluation. Per the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines, we are required to screen your detailed medical history and physical exam results. This comprehensive testing and screening portion of the process is handled by the IVF clinic.
The Matching Process
In order for us to successfully match intended parents with an appropriate carrier, the surrogate must go through an extensive screening process herself. She is asked to fill out an extensive profile and include photos, then undergo her own set of background and medical record checks, and a separate psychological screening. Through this, we assess her overall readiness to become a surrogate. Surrogacy Choices then conducts a home study.After the surrogate has successfully completed these steps and been approved, the matching process can begin. All of our potential gestational surrogates remain anonymous until an official match has been made.
Matching Intended Parents with Surrogates
As an agency, we work diligently to connect intended parents with a surrogate who best fits their surrogacy plan. We want to ensure that everyone remains happy and feels supported during and after the surrogacy process. Helping to build a positive and supportive relationship between the surrogate and intended parents is extremely important to us.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history as an adoptee, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Virginia Frank.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and a book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.