Why do I need an Agency? Can’t I just find my own Surrogate?
As a new Intended Parent, there are many intricacies to the world of third-party reproduction, most of which you may not understand or be aware of. Without experience, the respective surrogacy laws, medical processes and normal occurrences of surrogacy can be quite overwhelming to manage. Creating a family should be the happiest moment in ones life. However, attempting to coordinate the entire process can detract from your joy and happiness while adding many unwanted stress factors.
Golden Surrogacy recruits only the best selection of the most thoroughly screened Surrogates while also providing a smooth path through all of the financial and legal agreements. This helps keep you relaxed and focused on your new life as a parent.
Sit back, enjoy, and let our dedicated team here at Golden Surrogacy take care of you every step of the way!
How are the Escrow Funds managed?
First and foremost, your escrow funds are safe and insured!
We partner with an attorney that specializes in Trust Account Management Services. Funds are maintained and distributed in accordance with the highest level of fiduciary and ethical standards. Monies are held in an Interest Only Lawyer’s Trust Account and managed by a Certified Public Accountant. Utilizing an independent firm eliminates the potential conflict of interest that arises when a surrogacy agency is holding escrow funds while also representing all parties to the reproductive arrangement.
After a successful match has been made between the Intended Parent(s) and Surrogate, and upon the execution of your legal contract, they then collect the entire deposit for your escrow account. All compensation payments relating to your surrogate will then be distributed as per the guidelines outlined in your contract. The same process would also apply to your Egg Donor when applicable.
Our Director of Operations, Adam Golden works closely with the Escrow Management firm and monitors all transactions for accuracy. He acts as the main point of contact for our Intended Parents regarding all escrow and financial related matters.
Where do you find your Surrogates? Do they reside in "Surrogate Friendly" states?
Our Surrogates are recruited primarily through word-of-mouth referrals, and also at times, by utilizing the many facets of social media and the world wide web. During the onboarding process, all qualified candidates who meet our list of requirements are then rigorously screened to ensure the accuracy of the information as depicted in their profile.
We only recruit Surrogates from “Surrogate Friendly” states. It doesn’t matter where the Intended Parent(s) live, as long their Surrogate is from a “Surrogate Friendly” state, all of the parentage rights will transfer over with minimal legal proceedings. We ensure that you are paired with top-notch attorneys who specialize in reproductive law to guide you through the entire process.
What are the differences between Gestational and Traditional Surrogacy?
In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, Intended Parents create embryos through in vitro fertilization, using their own genetic material or eggs from a donor. One or more of the embryos is then implanted into the Gestational Surrogate, (or also referred to as the gestational carrier) who then carries the child or children to full term, but has no genetic relationship to them.
By contrast, a Traditional Surrogate is impregnated through artificial insemination, utilizing her own eggs, thus giving the surrogate a genetic connection to the child(ren) they are carrying for the Intended Parents.
Here at Golden Surrogacy we only recruit Gestational Surrogates and manage Gestational Surrogacy arrangements.
What level of communication is expected between the Intended Parent(s) and the Surrogates?
Here at Golden Surrogacy we treat the matching process with the high level of importance that it deserves. Your desired communication goals will be at the forefront of our conversation prior to the matching phase.
However, the outcome can vary greatly depending on the chemistry between everyone involved. It is imperative that Intended Parents and Surrogates discuss this topic and mutually decide upon an acceptable level of interaction that is agreeably suitable prior to the signing of legal contracts.
Which Egg Donation arrangement is recommended? Anonymous, Open, or Semi-Open?
Most Egg Donors engage in an anonymous egg donation agreement. This is usually the most preferred arrangement which can be less challenging from a legal perspective, while offering the most protection for everyone involved. The Intended Parent(s) or Egg Donor can always work through the agency to request future contact at a later date after the birth of any resulting child(ren) as long as the request is mutual.
However, should you initially choose an open or semi-open donation then the Egg Donor agency or IVF clinic will work closely with your attorney to outline the terms for an appropriate level of communication that is agreeable to all parties.
What is the best way to choose an Egg Donor?
Choosing an egg donor is an important decision and may feel overwhelming. Some Intended Parents choose donors primarily based on physical attributes, or one who shares in their own ethnic, religious, or cultural background. Still, others hope to find an Egg Donor who is healthy and athletic or has musical and artistic talent.
This is obviously a very personal choice, and one that you must take time to consider.