Finding the right gestational surrogacy agency can make all the difference in the quality of your surrogacy journey experience. Working with a Florida surrogacy agency as either an intended surrogate or a potential gestational surrogate, can be simpler than in many other states because Florida has clear laws covering surrogacy. You won’t face the uncertainty you may in other states.
Surrogacy Laws in Florida
According to Florida Statute 742.15, the surrogate must sign an agreement agreeing to carry the child for the couple and turn custody over to the intended parents after the birth. The surrogate can be reimbursed for medical care and reasonable living expenses, but may receive no other compensation.
The intended parents must be married to each other and over the age of 18. A physician must determine that the intended mother is unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term without threatening her life or health.
Once the child is born, the intended parents’ names will be listed on the birth certificate. Florida is one of the few states that do not require an adoption or paternity process.
What to look for in a Gestational Surrogacy Agency in Florida
To choose an agency that you can trust, look first for experience. The surrogacy journey can be difficult to navigate, so you want a guide who gives you confidence. Even better if the consultant you work with has been a surrogate or has been an IP themselves. This will enable them to truly empathize with what you’re going through.
Don’t skimp on research when it comes to choosing an agency. Find out if previous surrogates and intended parents had a positive experience. Ask for testimonials or references to get firsthand accounts of what they are like to partner with.
Do they have a specific policy regarding communication? Can you get in touch with them when you need them? You will have a lot of questions and concerns over the course of your journey. Choose an agency that makes it plain that they will be there for you when you need them.
Surrogacy is expensive! Does the agency you are considering have financing options or partner with reputable companies that can help you fund your surrogate pregnancy? An experienced agency understands how daunting the expense can be for a typical family and can help you to find options that will work for you.
To learn more about becoming a surrogate or intended parent in Florida, contact the experienced staff at Surrogate Solutions. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about surrogacy and what you need to get started as an IP or gestational surrogate.
Ready to begin your surrogacy journey or want to learn more? Contact us today.