How to Find a Surrogate in Georgia or North Carolina
Finding a surrogate mother for your family-building process can seem complicated. How exactly do you find a surrogate who is perfect for your family and for your surrogacy needs?
The process may be a little easier than you think. With the proper professional by your side, finding a gestational carrier in Georgia or North Carolina can be a safe and successful journey. Surrogacy professionals like those at Claiborne|Fox|Bradley understand how important the perfect surrogacy partner is to having a positive surrogacy journey, and they will do all they can to help you find a surrogate that you can trust.
So, if you are among those looking for a surrogate mother in Georgia or North Carolina, what should you know before starting?
First, know that there are three different ways in which you can find a surrogate. Which path you choose will be determined by your personal surrogacy goals and needs. Remember, our surrogacy attorneys are always available to answer your questions about these paths when you call our offices at 404-442-6969.
Finding a Surrogate Mother Independently
At Claiborne|Fox|Bradley, we represent intended parents who find surrogates in all kinds of ways. But, one of the most popular methods for our clients is finding a surrogate independently.
In this path, intended parents are solely responsible for locating a surrogate. This is usually done through networking, advertising or social media. Intended parents who choose this path wish to avoid the matching expenses provided by surrogacy professionals, but they are required to take on additional costs and responsibilities of their own. For some, this responsibility is a fair trade-off for a greater degree of control over their surrogacy process.
So, how do you find a surrogate in Georgia or North Carolina on your own?
Intended parents on this path will start by creating an intended parent profile, which is often posted online for prospective surrogates to see. This is an introduction to who they are as a hopeful parent and allows surrogates to learn more about the parent’s preferences before initiating a match. Then, this profile is either sent to surrogacy professionals and other people in their network, or intended parents create advertisements on social media groups and in surrogacy classifieds to find a surrogate mother.
Once a surrogate approaches an intended parent, both parties must directly discuss their goals and preferences to make sure this is a good match. Then, the parties must undergo surrogacy screening and testing (if they haven’t already) to make sure both partners are physically and mentally ready for the surrogacy process.
If you find a surrogate mother in Georgia or North Carolina independently, please contact our surrogacy attorneys to start drafting your surrogacy contract and finalize your match. Only then will you be able to move forward with your medical process of surrogacy.
Finding a Surrogate Mother Among Family and Friends
In other situations, people looking for a surrogate mother don’t have to go far. They already have a friend or family member in mind who has volunteered to be their surrogate, often through an altruistic, compassionate surrogacy.
It’s just as important in this path that both parties evaluate their surrogacy goals and preferences to ensure they are comfortable with this journey moving forward. Both parties will still need separate lawyers to draft a surrogacy contract, even if there is no base surrogate compensation being paid. These lawyers will help protect the rights and interests of each party and ensure everyone understands the potential emotional complications involved in this kind of surrogacy.
If you want to learn more about the legal (and emotional) aspects of a loved one serving as your surrogate, please contact our attorneys.
Finding a Surrogate Mother with a Surrogacy Agency
If you are an intended parent wondering how to find a surrogate without doing the work on your own, you may consider working with a surrogacy program like Southern Surrogacy. These surrogacy professionals will handle every step of the matching process, from helping you create an intended parent profile to screening prospective surrogates to ensuring both parties are comfortable moving forward. While this path will likely require additional program fees, it is often faster and less stressful than finding a surrogate mother in Georgia or North Carolina on your own.
When you contact a surrogacy program for these services, a professional will discuss your surrogacy preferences in detail. This will include whether you want a surrogate with experience, whether you want her to be local, what kind of relationship you want to have with her, and more. From there, your professional will gather a list of prospective surrogates (either through your agency or through a network of professionals) to present to you. If you and a surrogate express mutual interest, your professional will arrange for a conference call or meeting to get to know each other better and confirm the match.
Keep in mind: When you work with an agency to find a surrogate mother, you will often receive case management, counseling and support services that you wouldn’t receive in an independent surrogacy. These surrogacy professionals will guide you through every step of your surrogacy journey, not just the aspect of finding a gestational carrier. You can also choose to work with a surrogacy agency if you have already identified a surrogate for your journey.
No matter which path you choose, remember that our surrogacy attorneys can finalize your match with a surrogacy contract. We will represent you as an intended parent and secure a trusted local attorney for your surrogate, as well. During this process, we will help ensure that both parties are comfortable with the expectations and responsibilities of the surrogacy match — a crucial first step in creating a successful surrogacy journey.
To learn more about finding a surrogate mother in Georgia or North Carolina and how our professionals can help, please contact our law firm today.