5 Questions to Ask When Becoming a Parent through Surrogacy

parent through surrogacyPeople often consider pursuing an independent surrogacy and going through the process without the help of an agency. But often intended parents realize that, in the end, pursuing surrogacy without the experience and assistance of experts can be a real headache and sometimes cost more than going it alone.

A full-service agency, like Circle, has everything under one roof, including:
•A legal team that can draft and negotiate contracts. Further, they make sure you’re abiding by the correct laws and procedures of the states and/or specific countries involved, help ensure you can bring your child(ren) home without issues, and make sure your parental rights are secure.
•Experienced staff members. This including parents through surrogacy, former surrogates and egg donors, licensed social workers, and case managers.
•A focus on relationships and open communication. Greater levels of contact and closer relationships between intended parents and their surrogates and/or egg donors make for a smoother process. Many of our parents, surrogates, and egg donors have developed lasting relationships with each other and stay in touch in the years after their journeys.
•Flexibility. There are a lot of variables involved in the surrogacy process, making every surrogacy and egg donation experience different. It’s important that the agency you’re considering has the flexibility to address your individual needs whether you are a surrogate, egg donor, or a gay or heterosexual intended parent from the United States or abroad.
•History. A surrogacy agency’s history is one of the most important factors to consider.  When doing your research, make sure they have a track record of successful journeys.

How do I begin the process?
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At Circle Surrogacy, everyone begins their surrogacy journey with a free two- to three-hour consultation.  We offer consultations via Skype, in our Boston office, in New York (on a monthly basis), or in one of the many major cities on our travel schedule (see our upcoming events and consultations). In these consultations, you’ll hear from an experienced attorney as well as a social worker or licensed therapist. We’ll tell you about our program offerings and agency protocols. The consultation team addresses the process of matching with an egg donor and/or a surrogate, legal implications, insurance, surrogacy costs, and financing (where applicable). We give plenty of time at the end of the consultation to answer questions or review any areas that may still be unclear to you. If you’re ready to start your surrogacy journey within the next 12-18 months, we recommend you request a consultation today.

How much does surrogacy cost?
The cost for gestational surrogacy, including all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and medical and insurance costs, ranges from $100,000 to $150,000, depending on the program chosen. To get a complete understanding of each program’s costs, please visit our costs page on our website.

Is there financing available?
Circle has partnered with American Healthcare Lending to offer intended parents financing options of up to $100,000 toward all surrogacy and egg donation expenses for U.S. residents. To begin the pre-approval process, please click here.

Why Circle Surrogacy?
circle logoIf you’ve done your research, you know there are many surrogacy agencies out there to choose from, so why choose Circle Surrogacy? We find that intended parents who choose our program do so because of our successful history, variety of program options, a vast array of legal expertise, and focus on relationship-building and long-term support. The staff at Circle Surrogacy is made up of former parents through surrogacy, as well as former surrogates and egg donors. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has been helping intended parents from 68 countries and 6 continents to not only become parents but also bring their children home safely with their parental rights secure.

To schedule a free consultation, click here.