Reproductive Options

What To Look For When Choosing A Surrogacy Agency

Making the decision to become a surrogate is one of the most selfless things that you can do. And while everybody’s journey will be slightly different, the road is both emotionally fulfilling and complex. This is why choosing the right surrogacy agency is such a crucial first step.

But with the list of surrogacy agencies that you can choose from growing, it can be difficult to know which way to go, and how to make the right choice for your journey. That’s why we’re sharing the top eight considerations that we recommend a surrogate has in mind when vetting their agencies. 

Their Priorities: 

It’s important to choose an agency that aligns with you, and your personal motivations for embarking on your surrogacy journey. Reproductive Options prides itself on prioritizing true connections and developing meaningful relationships with each of our surrogates, putting the experience at the forefront. Alongside this, we are able to customize each and every component of your journey, designing it around your unique wants and needs. 

Transparency and Communication:

Transparency and communication are paramount throughout the surrogacy journey. Choose an agency that prioritizes open and honest communication, providing clear information about the process, costs, and expectations from the outset. Regular updates and accessibility to agency case managers and staff should also be available to address any concerns or questions that may arise.

Matching Process:

An important aspect of the surrogacy journey is the matching process between intended parents and surrogates. A reputable agency should have a thorough and personalized matching process that takes into account the preferences and needs of both parties. Here at Reproductive Options, we believe that clear communication and compatibility are essential for a successful surrogacy relationship, and highly recommend that you choose an agency that also prioritizes these aspects during the matching process.

Strong Partnerships:

Navigating the legal aspects of surrogacy can be complex and varies depending on the location. A reputable agency should have connections to teams of experienced legal professionals well-versed in surrogacy laws and regulations. These partners can guide both intended parents and surrogates through the legal process, ensuring all parties are protected and informed. This is typically preferable to the agency themselves giving legal advice, given many do not have legal teams on staff and so should not be providing legal counsel. In addition to this, third party teams prevent risk of bias.

Third Party Escrow:

It’s critical to ensure the agency that you choose uses secure, third party escrow companies for fund handling. An agency is not able to hold escrow – only an attorney or CPA is legally able to. That means that when an agency handles the surrogate’s pay, they are distributing the funds from an agency-owned account. While this might be easier, and cheaper for them – it opens the door to a range of security concerns and a huge risk of bias that no surrogate should have to deal with. You can find out more about this risk here

Support Services:

The emotional support offered by a surrogacy agency is invaluable throughout the entire journey. Look for agencies that provide comprehensive support services for their surrogates, including the likes of counseling recommendations, support groups, and access to mental health professionals. Ensuring that emotional well-being is prioritized can help alleviate stress and foster positive relationships between all parties involved.

Medical Expertise:

Another key factor to consider is the medical expertise and partnerships that the surrogacy agency has. Look for agencies that work with reputable fertility clinics and medical professionals experienced in assisted reproductive technology (ART). Comprehensive medical screenings and support throughout the pregnancy are vital for ensuring the health and safety of both the surrogate and the baby.

Meet The Reproductive Options Team!

Choosing the right surrogacy agency is a crucial step in ensuring that your surrogacy journey is everything that you hope for. Here at Reproductive Options, we’ve experienced ourselves what a less than perfect journey can feel like – and we want to ensure that you have the experience that you’re dreaming of. By considering factors like reputation, legal expertise, support services, and more, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your needs and values. 

Remember, the journey may have its challenges, but with the right agency by your side, you can navigate them with confidence and support.

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