You may have decided that surrogacy is right for you. You’ve done the research, you’ve spoken to your friends, your family, and your physician. Now is the time to choose a reputable surrogacy agency.
While thousands of families have chosen ConceiveAbilities because of our values, experience, and staff, we hope to educate by providing a set of criteria and important questions to consider during your search. Hopefully,you will feel better equipped with the knowledge of what separates a mediocre agency from the best.
Start your research by learning about the reputation of different agencies. Does their brand and website seem legitimate? What kind of accomplishments or awards have they earned? Do they adhere to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM guidelines for surrogacy)? With hundreds of agencies around the nation, filtering out the poor performing or lesser known agencies will help narrow your search.
Remember to check reviews on Facebook, Google, and other social media websites. But it’s not enough to make a snap judgment based on a couple stars- read the comments left by parents and surrogates explaining their rating.
It’s important to listen to the conversation around an agency, and it’s equally important to research the actual work the agency does. Start with their screening process and surrogate requirements- what criteria does the agency use in selecting their surrogates? A successful delivery hinges greatly on the quality of the surrogates, and how an agency treats both parties.
Try checking the company’s LinkedIn page to learn more about the match managers’ histories and previous work and/or fertility experiences. Be wary of agencies who don’t list their employees. Surrogacy is a very personal and intimate business, and you want to be sure you’re dealing with real people with a real understanding of the industry.
Don’t just ask how much surrogacy costs- there’s a lot of planning and resources that go into the process, so the decision won’t always be a cheap one. Rather, you should question the value of the agency’s services. What is included as a cost? How do you ensure your investment is protected?
A top notch agency will walk you through every expense, and explain the reason behind the cost. When comparing prices and fees between agencies, remember to balance it out with the reputation and expertise a brand may have, not just whether or not it’s cheaper. Remember- this process involves the livelihood and well-being of multiple people, so prioritize value and quality over cheap prices.
With so many options, choosing the “best” surrogacy agency is more of a matter of choosing the best one for you and your family. If you’re a surrogate, you want to partner with an agency that protects you and treats you like a human being, not a number. If you’re a parent, the right agency will match you with the right surrogate and help you come home with a new member of the family.
To find out more about what ConceiveAbilities has to offer, visit our website today.
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.