What Are the Legal Requirements for a Surrogate?
Surrogacy is a unique process that allows couples who are unable to have children of their own to start a family. Through the surrogacy agency Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, intended parents approach the agency, and the surrogate mother they are matched with will carry their baby through the means of gestational surrogacy. In the gestational surrogacy process, the surrogate mother will become pregnant through In Vitro Fertilization or IVF. There are risks and technicalities that accompany the surrogacy process, so legal action is required to protect all people involved. As a surrogate mother, it is important to go through a surrogacy agency that will guide you through all the legal requirements and help make the process as smooth as possible. Suppose you’re wondering how to become a surrogate mother and want to know the legal requirements. In that case, you will have to fulfill, read on to discover what is in store for you if you choose to pursue surrogacy through Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
Meeting Surrogacy Requirements Before IVF
You have to qualify to be a surrogate mother before you are matched with a couple and go through the IVF process. The requirements that Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado follows have been set in place by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. These qualifications ensure that our surrogate mothers are healthy enough to hold a child, both mentally and physically. After you submit an application signifying that you meet the initial qualifications to become a surrogate mother, you will undergo a health screening and a mental screening. Professionals will determine if you are adequately equipped to be a surrogate mother. There are quite a few regulations in place for qualifying to be a surrogate mother. Still, these qualifications are essential to ensure the safety of the baby you will carry and protect both you and the intended parents from physical and emotional damage.
Legal Compensation for Surrogate Mothers
In Colorado, it is legal to compensate surrogate mothers, but there are no laws in place to determine how much surrogates should be paid and no law to establish a base pay rate. Therefore, the details of your compensation will be determined in the surrogacy contract that you formulate with the intended parents. This contract will determine your agreement’s specific details with the intended parents. It will allow you to determine the specific needs and requirements you desire before the process commences. Please speak to your legal adviser for more information on this matter.
Legal Contract With the Intended Parents
Their attorney will draft the contract you form with the intended parents, but you will be able to review it with an attorney of your own to ensure you are comfortable with the contract’s requirements. Included in the contract will be specific details related to:
- Possible risks
- Responsibilities as the surrogate
- Surrendering the child
Each contract will be tailored to the specific case you are involved in, and additional areas may be covered. Once both you and the intended parents agree to the contract, the official surrogacy process will begin.
Legal Parentage of the Child
One of the legal requirements that will be fulfilled is establishing legal parentage. The intended parents will be the legal parents of the child you give birth to, and you will have to agree to relinquish the child after birth in the contract. Although this process is difficult, it is a vital aspect of surrogacy since surrogacy is done out of service for a couple that is unable to have a child of their own.
Beginning the Surrogacy Process
If you are interested in pursuing surrogacy and wish to work for a couple that is unable to have children of their own, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is eager to assist you. The legal requirements you will have to meet will be explained to you thoroughly before you begin. If you have any questions or concerns related to surrogacy in Colorado, please reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
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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