Are you thinking about starting a surrogacy this year or in the near future? Congratulations! All Families Surrogacy is here to help answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Whether you are a potential gestational surrogate or intended parent, it’s helpful to know what you’re getting into.
Gestational surrogacy requirements don’t change drastically year over year, but we are always trying to adhere to the best medical and legal advice, as well as the latest state regulations.
Here are the surrogacy requirements for 2022 and beyond.
Gestational Surrogate Requirements
The gestational surrogate requirements may vary slightly by state or agency, but the requirements at All Families Surrogacy are created to promote only the best surrogacy experiences, for all involved.
While the AFS 2022 requirements are highly similar to past years, it’s important to note that we do update our requirements as needed, for instance, to follow the latest medical and professional recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 and other new developments in medical science and more.
In order to be considered for gestational surrogate roles at All Families Surrogacy, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be no younger than 21 and no older than 44 years of age.
- Have given birth to at least one of your own children, with an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery history.
- Pass comprehensive screening including background, psychological, and medical testing.
- Not currently be reliant on government assistance.
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 35.
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license and reliable transportation of your own.
- Have the full support of your spouse or partner (if applicable).
- Not use drugs or tobacco products, or abuse alcohol – this also applies to anyone living in your household.
- Be willing to have IUD removed. Women with IUDs or who have taken the shot form of birth control are welcome to apply, and they should also understand they may be placed on hold until given medical clearance.
- Be mature, responsible, honest, and willing to commit to the full process of screening, IVF, and surrogacy.
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
If you have questions about the surrogate requirements, or you just want to talk to someone from the All Families Surrogacy team, feel free to contact us any time – our contact information is at the bottom of the page) or keep an eye on our Current Events page and sign up for the next Virtual Meetup.
We welcome women from the ages of 21 to 44 who meet our basic qualifications and would like to learn more about becoming a gestational surrogate. The meetups are free and hosted on Zoom on a regular basis.
We also have shared access to a recent webinar called “Introduction to Gestational Surrogacy”, where we talk about what gestational surrogacy is, the expectations and experiences of surrogates, as well as a helpful Q&A that was conducted after the webinar.
Surrogacy Requirements for Intended Parents
Though the surrogacy requirements for the gestational surrogate are fairly detailed, there are far fewer requirements for intended parents. These requirements are tailored by each surrogacy agency and are in place to protect the intended parents, the surrogate, and the child.
All Families Surrogacy requires our intended parents to meet the following criteria before registering with us:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 55.
- Must pass comprehensive background checks as well as psychological and medical screenings.
- Must be financially stable and able to afford the costs of surrogacy, which you can read more about here.
- Be in a stable living situation.
- Have the support of your spouse or partner (if applicable).
- Do not partake in illegal drug use or abuse alcohol.
Surrogacy Requirements & Regulations by State
There are no specific national or federal regulations on surrogacy, which means each state sets its own unique policies and regulations. Surrogacy requirements in these states are likely very similar to what we discussed above, but the legalities surrounding surrogacy agreements vary widely.
Some states permit surrogacy for all parents, grant pre-birth orders, and allow both intended parents to be named on the birth certificate. This is especially important for LGBTQ+ couples.
Many other states are more lukewarm in their approach to surrogacy, while others actually prohibit compensated surrogacy contracts or don’t allow for both parents to be named on the birth certificate.
AFS Can Help Guide Your Surrogacy Process
Surrogacy, intended parent, and surrogate requirements exist to ensure your surrogacy journey is as smooth and transparent as possible. It allows All Families Surrogacy to create an open and honest environment for communication and full transparency, while also reassuring both the intended parents and the surrogate that both sides of this journey are committed and well-suited to make this amazing journey together.
Do you have questions or concerns about surrogacy requirements or our process overall? Simply looking for more information on our services? Reach out to All Families Surrogacy today at (503) 936-7960 or send us an email: email@example.com.