Becoming a surrogate for another family for compensation is something that depicts one’s loving generosity and a serious legal and financial arrangement. Money cannot really compensate for the act of a woman to carry a child for another individual or for a couple. Many important aspects of surrogacy like the legal, financial, and psychological aspects are sometimes cloud by the emotional issues attached to this arrangement.
A surrogate can either pursue surrogacy arrangements herself or use an agency to handle her arrangements. IF you want to do it on your own, then you can simply advertise your services online and talk to couples who are interested and make arrangements with them. You may not feel that you want to talk about the arrangement itself at the beginning since you will feel like you have known them for a long time and you can easily work out the details of the surrogacy. Sometimes when surrogates find a good couple, they forget talking about the small details that are very important in the arrangement. There are actually many things that could go wrong if you try to do it yourself.
Although one might think that an agency is an unnecessary party to a surrogacy arrangement, it provides guidance, support and expertise in different areas including the following.
An agency will be able to help you if legal issues will come up. They can evaluate the laws of both the surrogate’s and the intended parents’ states to ensure all requirements are met. This is important because there are different laws and requirements for every state. This is the reason why some contracts work in one situation but not in another.
There are psychological assessments for intended parents so that they can identify major psychological issues which are not always apparent or other issues that may surface before or after the surrogate is pregnant such as issues related to infertility, having a child who is no generically related or who is related to the other parent, feelings toward the surrogate once she is pregnant and many other issues.
An agency can identify important details of a surrogacy arrangement. You might think that it is not important to identify and decide on issues of a surrogacy arrangement but you will realize its importance when issues do arise and parties disagree. If there is no careful examination of every aspect of the surrogacy arrangements by the agency, major problems can arise. With the help of an agency, major problems can be solved with their valuable input and guidance on all areas of the surrogacy agreement.
Another benefit of working with an surrogacy agency is that they ensure that there are adequate funds all the time and they are able to manage these funds all through the process. The surrogate then does not have to deal wit late payments or uncomfortable confrontations regarding financial matters.