What Are the Legal and Medical Requirements for Intended Parents in Colorado?
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, then chances are you have done a lot of research as to what your role and responsibilities are during the Colorado surrogacy process. You may wonder what the responsibilities look like for the intended parents you are matched with.
We know how big of an undertaking and how emotional, complex, and rewarding this journey can be. That’s why at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we want to provide you with some information as to what intended parents’ roles look like and their responsibilities.
Who Are Intended Parents?
As a quick reminder, intended parents are individuals or couples that cannot conceive on their own, whatever that reason may be. Instead, they choose to use surrogacy as a way to build their family, and that’s where your important role comes into play.
There are a variety of intended parents who pursue surrogacy:
- Heterosexual couples who are struggling with conceiving
- Intended mothers who are medically unable to carry a child for a variety of health or medical reasons.
- Intended parents who have a health or genetic condition they do not want to pass onto their child
- Same-sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby
- The list goes on!
What Are the General Intended Parent Requirements?
In some ways, intended parents’ requirements parallel yours, and in others, they differ. If intended parents are interested in pursuing the surrogacy process, then they must fill the requirements at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, such as:
- Be willing to complete a background check and psychological evaluation and not have a criminal record
- Be able to pass a physical examination
- Be financially secure and in a stable living arrangement
- Have the support of their partner if applicable or close friends and family
- Be respectful of you and your time and commitment
- Be willing and prepared to have conversations about their goals for the surrogacy process
- Have an understanding of the gestational surrogacy process
- Being able to complete their paperwork on time
What Are the Medical Requirements for Intended Parents?
They also have to pass an intensive screening program such as psychological and physical examinations like you. This is to make sure they are physically and emotionally ready for the demands of parenthood.
They also can not be drug or alcohol dependent and must come from a stable home. While their medical requirements are not as specific as yours, they have intensive legal responsibilities, especially when it comes to finances.
What Are the Legal Requirements for Intended Parents?
When it comes to the legal aspect, both you and intended parents must find attorneys to go over all the legal paperwork. Again, this is to make sure everyone is on the same page and you are all in agreement as to what everyone’s responsibilities look like.
Intended parents or parents have the responsibility of cost and financing for surrogacy. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado help ensure everyone enjoys their surrogacy journey, and costs can look different for everyone depending on their situation.
Intended parents have a responsibility to pay throughout the whole surrogacy process. This includes the IVF process, surrogacy journey, and newborn costs. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Before surrogacy process:
- Medical IVF expenses
- Professional fees
- Pharmaceutical fees
- Donor fees (if applicable in case of individual intended parents)
- Surrogacy journey:
- Surrogacy program costs
- Gestational surrogate fee
- Lawyer fees
- IVF medical fees for screening you
- Appointments related to surrogacy fees
- Insurance expenses
- Newborn costs
- Hospital fees
- Life after going home with a newborn!
Surrogacy Process for You and Intended Parents
The surrogacy process can be a rewarding and beautiful shared experience for you and the intended parents you are matched with. Both of you are bonded throughout the journey over the wellbeing of the child you carry.
You and your intended parents have an intensive screening process to ensure everyone is prepared for surrogacy. During this process, you as the surrogate mother have different responsibilities than that of the intended parents you are matched with.
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we are here to make sure everyone is stress-free and enjoys the journey! We also know how important a decision this is for you and how important it is to be informed about all the different parts of the surrogacy process before you begin. We hope to make your life a little easier by compiling some information for you so you can make informed decisions.
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.
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