Frequently Asked Questions for Intended Parents
When it comes to making a profound decision like becoming a parent, it’s crucial to ensure you have all the necessary information at your disposal. That’s why we’ve curated the most frequently asked questions to assist you in your decision-making journey. If you find that you still have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to provide the answers you need and guide you every step of the way.
What is gestational surrogacy?
The most common type of surrogacy in the US, gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate is impregnated via IVF, using an embryo that is not genetically related to her.
Who are the genetic parents?
Every surrogacy journey has a different answer. The embryo can be created with the intended parent(s) sperm and/or eggs, or a donor can be used for all genetic material.
Who are the legal parent(s)?
From the beginning, the intended parent(s) are the legal parents. The surrogate has no legal or genetic claim to the baby.
Do the IP(s) have a say in the process?
Yes. The legal agreement between the surrogate and the IP(s) ensures both parties are heard and have their wishes respected. IP(s) are granted the right to make medical decisions for their baby. Most surrogates will agree to any special requests IP(s) make for the pregnancy, as long as they are realistic for her and her family.
Where is the baby born?
The baby is born wherever the surrogate lives.
What is the wait time to be matched with a surrogate?
Industry standard is 6-18 months, however, schedule a consultation with AFS to determine what your matching timeline may look like.
What is the overall cost of a surrogacy journey?
Average range is $115K to $150K, here is a link to our current estimated fee sheet.
How do you screen your surrogates?
Prior to being presented a match, AFS will have conducted an intake interview, collected previous pregnancy and birth records, requested updated pap and physical along with OB recommendation, received clinic approval, completed background checks on all adults living in GC household as well as a thorough psych evaluation for GC and if applicable, live in partner, with an LCSW.