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At first, the process to become a surrogate can seem complex and even overwhelming. FCS wants to be sure each step in the process is clearly understood, beginning with helping you decide if you meet the basic gestational surrogate qualifications.
The qualification guide is intended to serve as the initial gateway to the path toward becoming a surrogate. By ensuring potential surrogates meet the basic qualifications, we avoid later disappointment and unrealized expectations later in the process.
Qualifications for becoming a gestational surrogate are:
Has delivered a child of their own
Citizen, legal resident or legally allowed in US
Healthy, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33
No recreational drug use or alcohol abuse
No implant birth control within last 6 months
Have at least one child actively raising or have raised
Does not participate in any government or public financial aid programs
Has reliable transportation to medical appointments (may be out of state)
No criminal history (also applies to spouse/partner)
Leads a stable and responsible lifestyle
Our guides will walk you through the entire process and will be with you every step of the way. If you are interested in applying to be surrogate, please complete our application.
Some of the services that FCS provides:
Qualification and Matching
Your surrogacy journey begins with the qualification process that includes assessments on your qualifications, including medical and mental health review, criminal background checks and your health insurance review. You will also complete our matching preferences documentation to assist finding your right match with our rigorous matching process.
Upon successful screening process, FCS will facilitate matching with intended parent(s) by scheduling a conference call. If the Surrogate and Intended Parent(s) believe they are a good fit, they will then meet (in person or via Skype) to determine whether they would like to begin their journey together.
FCS will work with Intended Parent(s) to fund an escrow account, and then the parties will begin the legal contract phase with an attorney specializing in reproductive law. The contract governs all aspects of the surrogacy journey and covers a multitude of topics, from the number of embryo transfers, to payments and reimbursements, to confidentiality (and much more). FCS will assist with attorney referrals and facilitate this process for Intended Parents and the Surrogate.
After the contract has been signed by both parties, the Surrogate moves forward with medical preparation for the embryo transfer. This typically involves medications to regulate your cycle, a mock transfer cycle and the embryo(s) transfer. FCS will be there every step of the way, and will be happy to answer questions, accompany the Surrogate and/or Intended Parents to appointments, and provide general guidance to the parties.
Establishment of Parentage
If the transfer is successful and the parties achieve pregnancy, it is important for the Intended Parents to properly establish their legal parentage in the state where the child will be born. FCS will facilitate this process with the Intended Parent’s legal counsel to establish prior to the child(ren) being born.
At Family Choice, our mission is to help families around the globe achieve their dream of parenthood through gestational surrogacy. Our experienced team welcomes the opportunity to serve you through ...