When the issue of surrogacy is dealt with, we cannot help but praise the loving generosity of women in being of help to couples who cannot have children for compensation, which is also a very serious legal and financial arrangement. Carrying somebody else’s child as a surrogate mother is a great act that money cannot really pay for. This act involves many emotional issues that sometimes the critical elements like the legal, financial, and psychological aspects of it are diminished at the moment.
It is important for a surrogate to make the decision of either pursuing surrogacy arrangements herself with the intended parents or letting an agency handle the arrangements. Doing it yourself would means putting up advertisements of your services and interviewing couples that are interested in having a child through you. If you do it on your own, it is easy to forget many essential things about the arrangement if you find a charming couple seeking your services. You might not be able to handle certain issues if you 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. Every state has its own laws and particular requirements. And this is why there are contracts that work in a situation but will not work 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.
There are important details that can be identified by an agency of a surrogacy arrangement. It is good to identify and decide on issues of a surrogacy arrangement beforehand so that when they do arrive, there wont be a big discussion on this when parties disagree. Thorough examination of the surrogacy agreement is very important since many major problems can arise from it if it is not well examined. An agency can provide valuable input and guidance on all areas of the surrogacy arrangement.
IF you work with an agency that you can be sure that there are adequate funds available and that they are able to manage the funds well. The surrogate then does not have to deal wit late payments or uncomfortable confrontations regarding financial matters.