Intended Parents Overview
Steps along the journey…
Complimentary Initial Consult: Please complete the brief Meeting Request Form and we will schedule a time to talk and discuss your family building needs, as well as how Southern Surrogacy will meet those needs. This first phone meeting is complimentary.
In Office Meeting: When you are ready to move forward with your surrogacy program plans, we will schedule an in-office meeting with the Executive Director or with one of the other attorneys affiliated with our program. The meeting usually lasts 1 to 2 hours and will cover all aspects of the surrogacy process. These meetings can be scheduled at one of our three convenient Georgia and North Carolina offices – Atlanta, GA – Savannah, GA – Charlotte, NC. Prior to your meeting, we ask that you complete a detailed Questionnaire so that the meeting can be customized to your specific needs. There is a $500 charge for this meeting. However, in the event that you hire Southern Surrogacy within 90 days of the meeting, this fee will be considered a deposit on your Program Fee.
Profile: Once you are ready to hire Southern Surrogacy, we request that you prepare a short Profile Letter that we can use to introduce you to prospective Surrogates. We will provide additional information about what to include upon hiring.
The Matching Process: Once we are hired and in receipt of your Profile Letter, we begin the matching process. We value and respect the Intended Parents and Surrogates with whom we work and we recognize that it is an intangible quality that makes a successful match between Intended Parents and Surrogates. We believe that the matching process is absolutely critical and will respect the needs and desires of both the Intended Parents and the Surrogates. We call upon our years of experience in helping Intended Parents and Surrogates to find each other as trustworthy partners in this unique undertaking. When presenting a prospective Surrogate to you, we will forward you her profile, including pictures of the Surrogate and her family, as well as a copy of the Questionnaire she completes for us (redacted to exclude her identifying information, which is provided once a mutual match is made). At the time we present a Surrogate, she has completed our screening process. If you approve a prospective Surrogate, we then provide her with your Profile Letter. If all parties wish to move forward together, we help set up a meeting so you can meet each other.
Insurance: If needed, we will schedule a time for you to complete an insurance consult with an insurance professional to discuss the insurance options (no additional cost).
Introduction to Selected Surrogate: If you are interested in a Surrogate’s Profile, then we will schedule a time for you to meet her in one of our three Georgia and North Carolina offices. A representative of Southern Surrogacy will be present to facilitate the introductory meeting, as you get to know each other.
Psychological Consultation and Evaluation: As part of Southern Surrogacy’s screening process, the Surrogate would have already undergone a preliminary mental health screening. Once matched, Southern Surrogacy will arrange for her to complete an mental health evaluation, to be administered by your selected mental health professional. Upon reviewing those results, your mental health professional will schedule one-on-one meetings with you and the Surrogate, and then a group meeting with you and the Surrogate (and her husband/significant other, if applicable) to review the psychological aspects of surrogacy, as well as to discuss everyone’s expectations of each other and the process. This group meeting is invaluable and can help to avoid later issues, in the event that your expectations differ. Many programs have eliminated this meeting, but we feel strongly that this is critical to a successful and ENJOYABLE relationship between Intended Parents and the Surrogate.
Medical Process: Once you are officially matched with a Surrogate, we will forward her Questionnaire and medical records to your reproductive endocrinologist, in order to schedule her first medical screening appointment. The medical process can vary from physician to physician, so we recommend that you consult with your physician’s office to discuss their protocol.
Contract: Upon receiving confirmation from your physician that the Surrogate has completed all necessary testing and is ready to proceed with the surrogacy arrangement, the attorneys affiliated with Southern Surrogacy will draft the legal contract on your behalf. We will also arrange for review by an out of state attorney, as applicable. The cost of the contract is already included in your Program Fee. The attorney will solely represent you in the contract negotiation process and the Surrogate will be referred to separate legal counsel. Once the contract has been signed by all parties (Intended Parents, Surrogate and Surrogate’s spouse (if applicable), then you are ready to begin!
Trust Account: Once the contract is drafted, you will need to fund the trust account in an amount sufficient to cover your Surrogate’s anticipated fees and expense reimbursements. This amount will be determined by Southern Surrogacy based on the financial terms in your contract. The cost of the Trust Account Management Service is already covered by your Program Fee.
Pre-Birth Order of Parentage: In most states, you are able to obtain a pre-birth parentage judgment declaring you to be the parents of the child(ren) the Surrogate is gestating. Upon completing the first trimester, Southern Surrogacy will arrange for your legal counsel to begin this legal process. The timing and process can vary from state to state, and even from county to county. Your legal counsel will be able to advise you more about the specific process that will be used in your individual case. Your legal fees for the uncontested parentage action are covered by your Program Fee (with possible exceptions based on unique legal situations, as outlined in the Service Agreement).