5 Services of a Surrogacy Agency

Surrogacy Agency The search for a surrogate agency can seem daunting. A Google search for “surrogacy” and the like can yield endless results. To narrow down your options, look for a surrogacy agency equipped with the following services.

One of the larger tasks of a surrogacy agency is matching you with a surrogate who meets your needs. When searching profiles to find the right fit, agencies take into account the laws on surrogacy in the state where the surrogate lives, whether she is interested in working with same-sex couples or individuals, if she is willing to carry multiples, and so on. The agency does the leg work for you and will contact you when an appropriate candidate becomes available.

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Surrogacy in 2013

2013 was a grand year for marriage equality, Miley Cyrus, and…Circle Surrogacy, which has help more intended parents than any year prior. It was also a successful year for our blog, which has grown exponentially. Providing content that speaks to you and your loved ones has allowed us to educate and inspire our readers (both returning and new).

To wrap up the year, we’ve compiled a list of blog posts that have helped spread the word about surrogacy and have attributed to our growth in readership. Without further ado, here are the nine most-read blog posts of 2013.

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How Much Can I Earn Being a Surrogate?

surrogate mother payMany women want to know how much money they could earn by becoming a surrogate mother. The total amount of money a surrogate earns for her services depends on several factors. Before we break down those factors, let’s first see if you qualify to become a gestational carrier.

The Requirements
Qualifications for surrogate applicants vary from agency to agency. Successful Circle Surrogacy applicants:

  • Are between the ages of 21-41 years of age
  • Have given birth to a healthy child within the past seven years
  • Have had healthy births since any miscarriage
  • Do not participate in certain government-aid programs, including section 8 housing
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) no higher than 32 (some clinics allow up to 33)
  • Live in a surrogate-friendly state in the United States (we are very sorry but we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, or anywhere outside of the United States)
  • Have the support of family and friends
  • Do not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol
  • Have not had more than three previous births by Cesarean sections
  • Have medical insurance (though this is not a requirement)

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Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt in Northern Ireland

Gay Adoption in Norther Ireland The number of places expanding rights for LGBT couples and individuals is growing. One such place to feel the love is Northern Ireland, where same-sex couples in civil partnerships can now adopt. Previously, those in the LGBT community only adopt if they were not in a legally recognized relationship, according to PinkNews.co.uk:

The court decision to extend adoption rights to gay couples had been challenged by Health Minister Edwin Poots, who recently said he was “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.

The Supreme Court said his department’s case did not meet the criteria for appeal.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Following the Court of Appeal judgment in June 2013, unmarried couples, including same sex couples, and those in a civil partnership may apply to adopt.

“The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.”

This decision is one of the many made in 2013 that will pave the way for LGBT couples and individuals looking to start a family.

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What Defines the Typical American Family?

Modern-Day American Family Ask that question 50 years ago and you’d probably get a description of the traditional nuclear family: a husband, a wife, and 2-3 children. Ask that question today, however, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a clear-cut answer.

Over the past few decades, there has been a marked change in the family structure. Americans have yet to see a time with such diversity inside the household. The atypical has become the typical. And the average family is becoming harder to define.

Birth Rates
One of the most noted elements in the transition is the number of children born into a family. American woman are having fewer children. The nation’s current birth rate is half of what it was five decades ago. Fewer women are becoming parents and, when they do start a family, it’s later in life.

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ASRM’s Updated Opinion: Fertility Treatments for Gays and Singles

First published by Fertility and Sterility in 2009, “Access to fertility treatments by gays, lesbians, and unmarried persons” explored whether it is unethical to deny fertility treatment to singles, unmarried straight couples, and gay and lesbian couples.

LGBT Fertility Options Written by the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the opinion expressed that such discrimination was not (and is not) justifiable.

The feature initially focused on four points:

  1. Single individuals, unmarried heterosexual couples, and gay couples are looking to become parents.
  2. There is no evidence that kids are harmed by being raised in a single, unmarried, or same-sex parent household.
  3. Data doesn’t support restricting access to ART based on the intended parent’s sexual orientation or marital status.
  4. Programs should treat all requests for ART equally and without regard to marital status or sexual orientation.

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Surrogacy Around the World: A recap of our trip to Sweden and Norway

Surrogacy in Norway I am back from yet another amazing trip abroad, helping to promote Circle as well as surrogacy in general to families around the globe. This was my third trip to Scandinavia in the last 12 months, and each visit gets better.

This trip was especially wonderful in that I not only got to meet with prospective and current Circle clients, but I also got to spend time with some lovely children born through our program. Nothing makes you feel the rewards of this line of work quite like spending an afternoon walking the hills of Oslo with a 10 month old and his proud father or seeing the looks on the faces and hearing the joys of parenthood from a couple with their precious 8-week-old baby.

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