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Adoption or Surrogacy: How We Can Help With Both Processes

Introducing American Surrogacy

After 25 years of successfully growing thousands of families through adoption, American Adoptions has now expanded into another exciting opportunity for hopeful parents: surrogacy!

While American Surrogacy is a completely separate organization from American Adoptions, it was founded upon many of the same principles as our adoption agency: support, education, care and communication, and always with the client’s best interest at the forefront of everything we do. We have helped many intended parents who are torn between surrogacy vs. adoption, and we can help you, too.

If you are looking for a surrogacy agency or you are ready to find a surrogate now, please read on to learn more about surrogacy, the differences between surrogacy and adoption, and how American Surrogacy can help you add to your family through assisted-reproductive technologies.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an arranged pregnancy using a surrogate and any combination of the intended parents’ or a donor’s genetic materials. An embryo is created via in vitro fertilization, and it is then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus.

American Surrogacy specializes in gestational surrogacy, meaning the surrogate’s egg isn’t used and thus is never the biological mother of the child she carries.

How Does the Surrogacy Process Work?

While there are many similarities between the adoption and surrogacy processes, there are of course some key differences.

First, both prospective intended parents and surrogates must each pass their own extensive screening processes. American Surrogacy requires intended parents to pass background checks to help ensure they are indeed prepared for surrogacy and parenthood. Prospective surrogate mothers must also pass an in-home assessment, as well as multiple background checks, a psychological screening, a medical screening, and American Surrogacy’s own screening process.

The next step is finding a surrogate. American Surrogacy will help you create your Intended Parent Profile and will show it to our waiting surrogates, who’ve already been approved and entered into our program.

If a surrogate shows interest in your family, we will present you with her profile to see if interest is reciprocated. Once approved by each party, a match is made. The surrogate will then undergo another medical screening to ensure she is prepared for the medical process ahead. Once she is cleared, the legal process of drafting contracts will begin.

After the contracts are signed, the medical process will begin soon afterwards. The surrogate will be given fertility hormones to prepare herself for pregnancy and to synchronize the intended mother or donor’s fertility cycles. When the time comes, the intended mother or donor’s egg will be fertilized by the intended father or donor’s sperm to create an embryo, which will generally incubate for 2—5 days until it is transferred to the surrogate.

With many intended parents having already created embryos from previous rounds of IVF, in most cases a fresh embryo transfer cycle is not needed. Medical professionals can simply transfer those embryos to a surrogate. Many families considering adoption vs. surrogacy ultimately choose surrogacy because they have leftover embryos to use in this process.

While the medical process takes place, a pre-birth order will have already been drafted by the intended parents’ attorney and approved by the court. The pre-birth order will establish legal parentage of the child, allowing the intended parents to make medical and insurance decisions, and directs the state’s vital records department to include their names on the birth certificate.

Just as with adoption, surrogacy specialists will be directly involved in every step of the surrogacy process, providing proactive support and guidance to ensure the most successful experience possible.

How Much Does Surrogacy Cost?

When hopeful parents are considering adoption vs. surrogacy, the costs involved are often one determining factor in their choice.

The cost of surrogacy can vary greatly, depending on the number of embryo transfers required, the experience of the surrogate, and many other factors. While it’s difficult to provide a range, the cost of surrogacy is usually at least double the cost of a domestic infant adoption. Please contact us for more information on surrogacy costs.

How Are Surrogacy and Adoption Different?

There are countless differences (and similarities) between surrogacy and adoption, but the most important differences for people considering surrogacy vs. adoption to understand include:

  • the pregnancy is planned rather than unplanned

  • one or both intended parents may be the biological parents of their child

  • the surrogate is not related to the child

  • surrogates are compensated with moneys to spend how they wish

  • both parties play a role in finding the best surrogacy match for them

  • contracts determine how the intended-parent-surrogate relationship will work prior to the embryo transfer process

Why Choose American Surrogacy?

During our more than 25 years of completing families through adoption, we’ve strived to continue to improve the adoption process for both adoptive families and birth parents alike. American Surrogacy has adopted many of the services that have led to American Adoptions’ success, including:

Surrogate Outreach Program – American Surrogacy works with a wide variety of gestational surrogates because we:

  • advertise nationally through traditional and digital avenues

  • network with various attorneys, fertility clinics and social workers across the country

  • offer various services to surrogates that are exclusive to American Surrogacy

  • are often contacted by prospective surrogates through American Adoptions

One-Time Match Fee – In the event of a failed pregnancy or surrogacy, most surrogacy professionals require the intended parents to pay a fee to find a new match with a surrogate — but not at American Surrogacy. Our intended parents pay a one-time matching fee that remains until a successful pregnancy occurs, regardless of how many attempts and how many surrogates are needed.

Unrivaled Support – Your surrogacy specialist will be directly involved throughout each step of the surrogacy process by helping you decide if surrogacy is right for your family, finding surrogates who best match your preferences and goals, setting up and overseeing egg, sperm and embryo donors, and facilitating contact between you and the surrogate to ensure a perfect match. Our professionals also have unique experience in both processes of adoption and surrogacy, meaning they can provide unparalleled advice in why to choose surrogacy over adoption (or vice versa) in your situation.

Extensive Pre-Screening – From psychological screenings, to in-home visits, to medical evaluations with a reproductive endocrinologist, our screening process ensures the surrogates we work with are physically, medically and emotionally prepared for surrogacy, unlike many who are found overseas or independently of a surrogacy professional.

Licensed, Qualified Legal Counsel – American Surrogacy partners with a vast network of attorneys across the county who specialist in assisted reproductive technologies, many of whom are members of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). Both you and your surrogate will be provided with your own attorney, who will be abreast on the laws of the state in which your surrogacy occurs, will ensure you understand the language in the contracts before signing and will be your legal counsel throughout this process.

“You need someone that you’re going to trust to choose a surrogate for you, and American Surrogacy was the only agency I felt comfortable with and was genuine enough for me to choose over the other agencies. I spoke to many surrogacy agencies — small and big — and none of them made me feel the way American Surrogacy made me feel.” — Nicholas, intended parent

For more information about surrogacy, or if you are trying to decide whether adoption or surrogacy is best for your family, please call 1-800-236-7846 or click here to request surrogacy information with American Surrogacy.

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Do we need to retain our own attorney?

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Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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