What Are the Intended Parents Screening Requirements in Colorado?
If you are thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate in Colorado, you may face many different questions. For example, you may be wondering whether or not surrogacy is the right path for you, what the surrogacy process looks like for you as a surrogate mother, and what it may look like for the intended parents you are matched with. Suppose you are feeling knowledgeable about your own legal, medical, and emotional process regarding becoming a surrogate mother. In that case, you may now wonder what it is like for intended parents.
What is the Role of Intended Parents?
A very exciting step of your surrogacy journey is when you are matched with an intended parent looking to have a child of their own. Before being matched, you all will go through various interviews to determine compatibility factors. An intended parent or parents can be an individual or couple having trouble conceiving a child on their own for various personal reasons. That’s where your responsibility and selfless decision come into play: to help carry a child for them to help them grow their family. Both you and the intended parents you are matched with will be connected because of maintaining the well-being of the child you carry. Intended parents have a variety of responsibilities throughout this process. This ranges from financial, personal, health, lifestyle, and parenting responsibilities during and after your pregnancy.
What is the Surrogacy Process for Intended Parents?
The surrogacy process for intended parents is parallel to yours. However, intended parents also have their own set of requirements to fulfill to be considered by Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado. Although the intended parent’s requirements may be less restrictive in some aspects than yours, they are also required to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved in this process. They must also go through required medical screenings, physical exams, and psychological tests to make sure intended parent(s) are healthy both physically and emotionally before proceeding.
Once everyone passes their respective exams, both you and the intended parents will meet with your attorneys to discuss legal paperwork. This is to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows their responsibilities. In addition, this is a good time to talk about compensation and make sure they know that you are not biologically related to the child you carry and therefore have no parental rights or claim through the IVF process.
After your attorneys meet, paperwork is settled, and everyone is on the same page, you will move on to the In Vitro Fertilization process. Once you become pregnant, it’s then nine months and then delivery! Throughout this time, you will attend various appointments for the pregnancy and could be accompanied by one or both of the intended parents you are matched with.
What Are Intended Parents Requirements?
Although you as a gestational carrier have your own surrogate requirements, intended parents have their own as well. This is done to ensure they are emotionally, physically, and financially ready to become parents. All couples or individuals considering surrogacy are required to fulfill certain requirements to ensure everyone’s physical and mental safety. Some requirements are as follows:
- Any intended parents or individual parent must be willing to complete a background check. This means neither partner can have a criminal record.
- The intended parent(s) must be financially secure and in a stable living arrangement. This is to ensure they are financially equipped to compensate you and provide a stable environment to bring their baby home.
- They must have a respectful attitude towards you and the surrogacy process in general. We understand how much time and your commitment surrogacy requires. That means making sure the intended parent(s) you are matched with are also appreciative and aware of your decision.
- They must have a general understanding of the gestational surrogacy process and what it entails.
- They must complete all their paperwork on time, whether legal or medical.
- They also must be willing to have open and honest conversations to ensure you are matched with intended parents who have the same values as you.
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we know that your choice to become a surrogate mother and for intended parents to choose surrogacy can be for so many different reasons. No matter what, we are committed to making sure you, as well as the intended parents you are matched with, are being taken care of throughout your surrogacy journey.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the Author: Katie Doherty is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves to write, read, and edit, whether it’s technical or creative writing. Although she enjoys writing poetry, narrative nonfiction, and fiction writing, she also loves to write on current political events, cultural trends, and research. She spends her free time listening to music, watching the Great British Bake Off, and learning how to crochet.