If you live in Florida and you're considering becoming a surrogate mother, you're in luck. The Sunshine State is one of the most surrogacy-friendly states in the nation for both surrogates and intended parents.
Since surrogacy is so well protected in Florida, it’s no wonder it’s become one of the most coveted states for surrogacy arrangements. It’s also one of the few states where the laws have kept up with the scientific advances in assisted reproduction, in cases making it more affordable and less prone to legal conflicts.
Florida’s favorable statute recognizes contracts for gestational and traditional surrogacy arrangements as well as egg and sperm donations. The state’s comprehensive law protects the rights of the surrogate, the intended parents, the baby, and the egg donor (if needed).
Establishing parentage in Florida is a seamless process for everyone involved. Generally, surrogates in Florida won’t ever appear in court as the statute eliminates the need for post-birth legal proceedings, such as post-birth orders and second-parent adoptions. Even in cases where a post-birth action is warranted (i.e. intended parents citizenship needs), the surrogates won’t need to appear in court. In surrogacy arrangements that require the use of an egg donor, the donor’s contract requires the relinquishment of all maternal rights to the child.
In order to qualify to become a surrogate, here are some requirements an applicant must meet:
- Has delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
- Has had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
- Is between 21-41 years of age.
- Typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
- Is a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
- Does not participate in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing and section 8. All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
- High compensation with a customized benefits package
- Work with a personal program coordination team and licensed social worker
- Opportunity to work with local and international Intended Parents