Let’s face it. The road to parenthood can be arduous and, at times, painful. Growing your family doesn’t always work out like you dreamed it would. Unexpected issues arise, and then you are told by your doctor that you won’t be able to conceive naturally. This isn’t an easy pill to swallow and can cause heartache that needs to be grieved. But, your desire to become parents isn’t over yet. There are other options available!
If you are reading this, you are aware of one of those — gestational surrogacy. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno would love nothing more than to help you become the parents you’ve always wanted to be. But, first things first. Before you can proceed any further, we want to delve deeper into what it means to be intended parents of gestational surrogacy.
Who are Intended Parents of Gestational Surrogacy?
Put simply, intended parents are individuals who enter into an agreement with a gestational carrier through gestational surrogacy. This agreement states
that you, the intended parent(s), will be the legal mother and father of the child born via in vitro fertilization (IVF). In other words, your egg and sperm will be fertilized into an embryo and then implanted into your chosen gestational carrier.
Intended parents of gestational surrogacy can include, but are not limited to:
- Single males
- Single females
- Same sex female couples
- Same sex male couples
If you and your partner or spouse have had difficulty conceiving naturally, but still want to raise a child who is genetically linked to you, this also fits into being a good candidate for gestational surrogacy..
For a closer look at this topic, you can check out our previous post, “When Should You Consider Gestational Surrogacy?”
What Are the Qualifications To Be an Intended Parent?
Throughout your research into becoming intended parents of gestational surrogacy, you’ve probably noticed that in order to begin your journey, there are some requirements you have to meet. Don’t stress, though. It sounds much more daunting than it is. You can also take solace in knowing that you won’t be the only one who will have some hoops to jump through.
Depending on where you live, your requirements may vary slightly, so it’s important to consult your surrogacy attorney and research your state laws regarding gestational surrogacy. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno, you can expect a detailed application process, credit check, background check and fingerprinting for abuse and neglect.
Following are some of the general criteria you may encounter elsewhere:
- You must have no history of criminal activity. Your agency will have you undergo a background check to ensure you have no history of domestic or child abuse. It is their responsibility to ensure that you and your home is the best environment to raise your child.
- You must be in a stable living arrangement. This means that you should have ready access to provide basic means for not only yourself, but any dependents you have in your home. Basic means include, but aren’t limited to: food, shelter, and clothing.
- You must be financially stable.
- You must undergo a psychological evaluation. This will ensure that your child will be raised by safe and healthy parents. .
Intended Parents of Gestational Surrogacy
Whichever way you grow your family, the step into parenthood is a big one. It’s a bumpy road, even before your bundle of joy has entered the world. With all of this hoopla about COVID-19, self-isolation, and social distancing, that road doesn’t seem any less intimidating. You may even be wondering if now is a good time to even consider taking the first step into gestational surrogacy at all. This is a totally understandable feeling. Rest assured, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno is still going strong and has your back!
If you have further questions about how you can get started on your gestational surrogacy journey, feel free to contact us! We always enjoy hearing from you and helping you feel at ease as best we can.
Be well, friends!
Adoption Choices of Nevada
Adoption Choices, Inc. is a private, non-profit adoption agency licensed by the state and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive parents since 2002. Our staff has a genuine commitment to providing an empathetic, empowering, and progressive experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Adoption Choices of Nevada. You may visit the website here or contact us by 775-825-4673 (Reno Office) or 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas Office). Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm PST.
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Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
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About the Author
Mallorey English is an aspiring proofreader and editor. She’s completed a couple of online courses through Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and has used her education to help edit her mother’s inspirational book, Monday Motivation: 52 Weeks of Inspiration to Keep Moving in 2018 and running blog Life Up and Running. She hopes to one day become a full time freelance editor. As a Surrogacy Intern with Adoption Choices, Mallorey looks forward to learning more about how surrogacy affects intended parents and gestational carriers.
When she isn’t working, Mallorey can be found on a yoga mat, crafting a new project, or watching her favorite movies. She currently resides in northern Nevada with her husband and hopes to add on to their family in the near future.
GoldenSurrogacy.com: “Intended Parent Requirements” https://goldensurrogacy.com/intended-parents/requirements/
SurrogateChoices.com: “Intended Parents” http://www.surrogacychoices.com/intended-parents/
Surrogate.com: “Are Intended Parents Also Screened Like Surrogate Mothers?” https://surrogate.com/surrogates/how-to-find-intended-parents/are-intended-parents-also-screened-like-surrogate-mothers/