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!
Why should I choose Golden Surrogacy over other agencies?
Golden Surrogacy is devoted to providing you with a warm and friendly personalized journey. To achieve our elevated level of service, we go above and beyond to take care of you every step of the way!
Founder & Program Director, Frank Golden is your main point of contact. Unlike other agencies with a large staff and numerous departments to speak with, he has created a warm and inviting experience free of bureaucracy. Frank works directly with the Intended Parents, Surrogate, and attorneys to create a fair and suitable arrangement between all parties involved, while protecting everyone’s rights. He acts as your personal concierge throughout the entire journey. Everyone going through the program has Frank’s personal cell phone number and will always have 100% access to him and his staff 24/7.
Frank Golden sets the bar very high to create world-class service in the surrogacy community. We invite you to call him today and schedule a consultation. You won’t be disappointed!
Do you have any licensing or accreditation?
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, we 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.
How much is the entire Surrogacy journey going to cost me?
Founders Adam and Frank Golden have gone through the Surrogacy process twice and know firsthand what the “real numbers” are. Many other agencies provide false estimates which are often times only referencing their agency fees plus the Surrogate’s compensation. (this is only the total monies they are managing in escrow on your behalf) They do this to give the appearance of having a low cost program. However, to have the most complete and honest cost totals, you must also factor in the fees paid to third parties such as the IVF clinic and attorneys, as well as your own travel expenses.
Realistically, for a singleton birth, utilizing an Egg Donor, you can expect to spend $100,000-$135,000 assuming there are no major complications.
Please Contact Frank Golden to receive a custom quote, tailored for your own unique journey. He is more than happy to lend his expertise with honest and accurate information derived from his own experience as a former Intended Parent.
When is the Agency Fee due?
The agency fee is due to Golden Surrogacy when you sign our retainer agreement for services. We offer different payment options which are detailed in the agreement.
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.
What is the screening process for Surrogates?
Golden Surrogacy conducts a very stringent screening and approval process for all Surrogate. To be considered, they complete a detailed application which includes their medical history, personality questionnaire, educational background, and pregnancy history.
After we receive a prospective Surrogate’s application our staff will review all of the information and examines their medical records which include all previous pregnancy and delivery history. All candidates are also submitted to a scrutinous and thorough background check and criminal history review which includes a 7yr address verification to assess their lifestyle and reliability.
Upon matching, all Surrogate Mother candidates must also be medically screened, per FDA guidelines, by your selected IVF clinic.
Frank Golden was an Intended Parent and would never approve a Surrogate into the program that he would not want for his own surrogacy journey. Every candidate is hand selected by him, based on your own personal preferences.