1. Length of Time in Business – With the growth in the industry, there are more and more agencies to consider all the time. Make sure you find out how long the agency has been in business and how much experience they have.
2. References – Don’t hesitate to ask to speak to one or more of their prior surrogates. These ladies can typically give you a first hand account of their experiences. You can also ask for professional references. If an agency won’t give you referrals, you should consider that a red flag.
3. Size of the Agency – Ask how many cases they manage at one time and what is the ratio of case managers to number of cases. Determine if they meet your expectations. If you are looking for a more intimate experience, you may be more comfortable with a smaller agency.
4. Evaluations for all Parties – Determining the appropriateness of a Surrogate Mother or Intended Couple is much more than having a uterus or having a substantial bank account. Be sure the Agency you are considering has a psychological approval process as well as ensuring there is a true need for surrogacy.
5. Matching Process – The matching process varies greatly from agency to agency. Some agencies choose the match for you while others post profiles online so you can be chosen by the Intended Parents. Building Families believes in the dynamic matching process where the Surrogate Mom and Intended Parents choose each other after meeting face to face. The match is suggested after a careful review of each parties belief system along with personality traits. Be sure you choose an agency that finds your match in a way that is comfortable for you.
A final note that is worth sharing: If you ever get an uneasy feeling or any red flags are raised, pay attention to your instincts. You should always speak up for yourself and if it becomes necessary, choose a different agency.