When a couple can’t conceive, for whatever reason, it can be heartbreaking. If you are in this situation and you’re looking for help, a good surrogacy program can provide you with the guidance you need. That said, it is important to ask them so crucial questions to ensure they are a company you can trust. Here are the most important ones to ask.
How Does This Process Work?
Sit down with each of the surrogacy programs you are interested in visiting and talk about their process. Some will work differently than others and include different paperwork and other items that must be filled out. Fully understanding the nature of their process will give you an insight into which is right for your personal needs.
What Kind Of Licenses Are Necessary?
This question will often surprise many surrogacy groups because they don’t expect you to know much about licensing. Ask them what kind of licensing they have, when they’ve been updated, and ask to see physical copies of the licenses. Good surrogacy programs will have all their licenses updated and will be more than willing to show them to you.
How Long Have They Been Open?
You want to find a surrogacy program that has been open for at least 5-10 years. Those that are new may not have their process down fully and should be avoided. Those that have opened, closed, and re-opened may be suspect and should also be avoided. Don’t be afraid to travel to find high-quality surrogacy programs.
Is There A Screening Process Involved?
Here is one of the most important questions you can ask because it forces the company to reveal how they decide on surrogates. They should make sure they are drug-free, have a crime-free record, and are psychologically sound. Failure to properly screen is a trait of a bad surrogacy program, so if they won’t discuss their process, avoid them at all costs.
What Fees And Costs Are Involved?
An upfront discussion about the fees involved in surrogacy is important to do as soon as possible. Typical fees can top $15,000 just for the basic surrogacy. However, the extended fees can cost a lot more. Ask them to break down the costs with you, including potentially unforeseen costs, to get a better idea of what to expect from your services. Insurance may not cover this process, so be prepared to pay.
By asking these questions and pressing your surrogacy program to honesty and openness, you can get a better idea of which programs you can trust. If a program gives you a funny feeling or if you don’t like the people you meet, try another one. There are plenty of surrogacy programs across the nation, and most will be staffed with very well-trained people who love their job and who are looking to help you.