When you first begin looking into surrogacy – whether you are a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother or intended parents hoping to grow your family through surrogacy – it can feel a little overwhelming. We're here to help you navigate surrogacy in Florida, from the surrogacy process, to how to become a surrogate, how to find a surrogate and much more.
Florida is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers and intended parents. Whether you in live in a large city, such as Miami, Tampa, Orlando - or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.
In fact, Florida is one of the top states for surrogate mothers that work with Circle.
Surrogacy is a method of growing a family that allows couples and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations the chance to build their families – who would not be able to do so on their own.
Intended parents from Florida who use surrogacy include:
• Heterosexual couples who have struggled with infertility
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic defect or health condition they don't want to pass onto the child
• Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
Every surrogacy story is unique, and we work with surrogates from all over the country, and intended parents from the U.S. and around the world.
Review surrogate requirements in Florida and see how to apply to become a surrogate.
Looking for a surrogate in Florida? See how to find your perfect surrogate match.
Understand what the surrogacy laws are in the state of Florida for surrogates and intended parents.
See how to take the first steps in becoming a parent through surrogacy.
See how the surrogacy process works at Circle Surrogacy in Florida.
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If you live in Florida, approximate surrogacy costs can be $108K-$156K for a journey, exclusive of IVF costs. These are estimated surrogacy costs; actual journey costs depend on the services intended parents need, their insurance and the details of their specific journey. If you live internationally, your journey costs will be a bit more.
Circle offers multiple surrogacy programs for intended parents in Florida. Even though we're a large agency, our programs are not "one size fits all". We work with all intended parents separately to understand their needs and help them find the program best suited for them.
Your total surrogacy costs include your surrogate mother's compensation. The amount your surrogate mother gets paid depends on a few factors: where she lives, if she has insurance and whether or not she's a first time carrier. On average, surrogate mothers are paid a base fee of $30k-$40k, plus additional compensation and benefits.
For both surrogate mothers and intended parents in Florida, the best place to start a surrogacy journey and finding a surrogacy agency is by doing your research. Intended parents may conduct online research or speak with their IVF doctors and clinics. Surrogates may speak with someone they know who is an experienced surrogate, or do agency comparisons online.
3 easy steps to finding a surrogacy agency:
1. Do your research! Learn all there is to know about surrogacy.
2. Write down what's important to you in a surrogacy journey. What type of surrogate/intended parent relationship are you looking for? What level of surrogacy support?
3. Make a list of agencies that fit your criteria, and reach out. Finding an agency that "feels right" is important!
Next Steps for Florida Intended Parents:
Once intended parents have identified 1-3 agencies that seem like a good fit, it's a good idea to fill out an interest form and connect with the parent intake team. Once they reach out, you can decide if you're ready for a surrogacy consultation.
Next Steps for Florida Surrogate Applicants:
If you're ready to apply to become a surrogate mother, reading through surrogate requirements is a good way to see if you will qualify. Once you fill out a surrogate application, a member of the surrogate intake team – who is an experienced surrogate herself – will reach out to you to answer questions, clarify answers on your application and speak to you about next steps in the application process.
Once we have accepted a surrogate applicant into our program, our matching and legal teams determine possible matching options based on a variety of factors, including: the state she lives in, whether she has insurance, and the matching preferences from both intended parents and surrogates.
We will send the redacted profile of the intended parents (with no identifying information) to the surrogate. If she expresses interest, we will send her profile to the intended parents, similarly leaving out all identifying information. Once the surrogate and the prospective parents express a mutual interest, we will put them in touch by telephone, Skype or email so they can begin to get to know each other.
After communicating with each other, the surrogate and the prospective parents meet in person at their mutual convenience: at the surrogate’s home, the intended parents’ home, or some place in between. If the surrogate has children and/or a partner or spouse, the intended parents meet them as well.
An IVF physician medically screens them after a match is made. If for any reason the surrogate doesn’t pass the medical screening (which is rare), Circle Surrogacy presents a new match free of charge.