We get a number of applications from young women who want to become surrogates and are under our minimum age requirement of 21.There is such a need for surrogates that it’s hard to say no because there are intended parents waiting day after day for their baby, so why does age matter? There are a few reasons that we and most other reputable agencies can’t or won’t work with potential surrogates who are far under the recommended age of 21.
1 Legalities.We have to follow the laws that each state has set up to protect surrogates, intended parents and of course the children.At 21 you can legally enter into the contracts that surrogacy requires.
2.Maturity.The choice to help someone else have a child is one that can affect you and your family for the rest of your life by waiting until you are 21 you can be more assured that surrogacy is something you are ready for.Where it is a beautiful and amazing thing it is also a sacrifice and it is not going anywhere.The need for qualified surrogates is increasing and becoming more common each year.
3.Stability.Surrogacy is not an income that you should count on like a job.It’s not that you shouldn't enjoy the extra income but you should not be dependent on it.You don’t have to be rich, but you should be financially stable.
4.Future.It is recommended that you complete your own family prior to becoming a surrogate.Surrogacy just as any other pregnancy carries risk and it would be tragic for you to help someone else have a baby and then not be able to conceive another child you have planned on.
There are cases where a 20 year old surrogate can go through pre-screening, the collection of records and even matching prior to her 21st birthday but in most cases she will need to have turned 21 prior to transfer.There are exceptions but it is not common.If you are under 21 and interested in becoming a surrogate, contact us so that we can discuss your options and what will be the best choice for you!