Becoming a surrogate for another family for compensation is something that depicts one’s loving generosity and a serious legal and financial arrangement. Money cannot really compensate for the act of a woman to carry a child for another individual or for a couple. Many important aspects of surrogacy like the legal, financial, and psychological aspects are sometimes cloud by the emotional issues attached to this arrangement.
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. You may not feel that you want to talk about the arrangement itself at the beginning since you will feel like you have known them for a long time and you can easily work out the details of the surrogacy. Sometimes when surrogates find a good couple, they forget talking about the small details that are very important in the arrangement. You might not be able to handle certain issues if you do it yourself.
You might think that you don’t need an agency to a surrogacy arrangement but there are actually many benefits to working with one including guidance, support, and expertise in different areas.
One of the ways joining an agency is beneficial is because they can help you sort through legal issues. IN order to ensure that all requirements are met, an agency evaluates the laws on the states where the surrogate and the intended parents come from. There are different laws and requirements for every state. This is the reason why some contracts work in one situation but not in another.
There are a lot of emotions issues involved in surrogacy arrangements and with an agency, psychological assessments are done for intended parents to identify the major psychological issues which are not so obvious or issues that may come out before or after the surrogate is pregnant such as issues about infertility, feelings toward the pregnant surrogate, feelings of having a child that is not related to you, and many other issues.
With surrogacy agreements, identifying important details is the job of an agency. 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. There can be major problems during the process if agencies do not thoroughly examine every aspect of a surrogacy arrangement. If there are major problems, the agency can provide valuable input and guidance on areas of surrogacy arrangements?
Another benefit of working with an surrogacy agency is that they ensure that there are adequate funds all the time and they are able to manage these funds all through the process. The surrogate then does not have to deal wit late payments or uncomfortable confrontations regarding financial matters.