How long does the surrogacy process take?
The length of the process depends on several factors. We typically tell intended parents that they should plan on a year and a half from the time they sign on with our agency until they have a child, although it can be quicker or longer depending on the legal requirements involved and the IVF treatment.
Can I be a parent if I’m single?
Absolutely! We work with intended parents of all backgrounds. We have single parents, same-sex couples, and heterosexual couples.
How do I start the process?
Starting your surrogacy journey begins with a consultation with our team. During this meeting, you'll have an opportunity to share your story with us and why you've chosen surrogacy to grow your family. We will also explain our process and program offerings, and answer any questions you may have.
Can I be a parent if my partner or I have HIV?
Yes, of course. There is a Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) which is for intended parents who are HIV+. This allows our parents to be able to grow their families through surrogacy. This is done through a sperm-washing technique and HIV testing. It is possible for HIV+ men to safely have a biological child of their own that is at no risk to the baby or surrogate.
Will I have contact with my surrogate?
Yes, of course! We encourage building meaningful relationships that you will be able to continue as your child grows up. You and your surrogate can have as much contact as you would like.
How long should I expect to be in the United States after delivery?
This can vary based on the legal work that is required and the procedures in the state in which the child was delivered. We generally advise international Intended Parents to plan on returning home around 2-4 weeks after delivery. Some things will take some time such as any DNA testing, the issuance of any birth certificates, and the application for any visas and/or passports. We will guide you through this process and help ensure it is as smooth as possible.
If I don’t live in the United States, how will my child get a passport?
Because of a legal principle known as Jus Soli, children who are born in the United States are automatically entitled to U.S. citizenship and U.S. passports, regardless of the citizenship of their Intended Parents. As a result, most intended parents are able to return home with their children without first obtaining a passport from their native country. Intended Parents should consult with immigration attorneys in their native countries for information about the best procedures for returning home with their children.