Congratulations! Your Agreement for Services has been signed and your payment has been received. What’s next?
At this time, we immediately begin considering you for all viable GC candidates. Our screening process is second to none, and we know that our surrogates are wonderful women who cannot wait to give back in this incredible way. As of 2022, the average wait time for a match is 12 months for a single embryo transfer and 18 months or more for a twin journey or a journey with restrictive preferences for a candidate. Sometimes a match can happen sooner, but it is very important that we set a realistic expectation for your search timeline. We feel humbled and gratified to make matches that last long-term whenever possible, and matches that are to the benefit of the surrogate and intended parents alike.
- All candidates who are accepted into the CFC surrogacy screening program share common basic qualifying factors:
- Resides in a state where surrogacy is legal, and where we can fully protect our clients’ parental rights during the parentage process
- Has had at least one full-term uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery
- Is raising her own child/children
- Is between the ages of 21 and 43
- Has a clinic-approved height/weight ratio
- Is financially secure and is not on government assistance
- Is not on medication for depression or anxiety
- Is not a smoker
- Agrees to defer to the intended parents’ decisions on the important pregnancy issues
- Learn more about surrogate requirements here.
Depending on how specific or restrictive your candidate requirements are, the longer it may take for you to be presented with a surrogate candidate. We know that this waiting period to start your journey can be incredibly difficult, and at times, frustrating. We intensely screen every viable candidate to ensure that in the end, we have stacked the deck to the fullest extent possible to increase the odds that your candidate will sail through her full medical and psychological screening components of the journey. We truly believe that it is better to wait a bit longer on the front end while we thoroughly screen each potential surrogate than it would be to immediately present you with multiple candidates who may not ultimately be qualified to move forward in a surrogacy journey.
Our pre-screening process is thorough and careful to include reference calls, a virtual in-home interview, medical clearance from her own OB/GYN, and psychological screening prior to presenting you with a candidate’s package for consideration. Assuming you wish to move forward with the candidate presented to you, we will send her your “Dear Surrogate” letter. Upon a positive response to your letter, we will coordinate an introductory meeting with the potential surrogate candidate, which will be facilitated and mediated by your CFC case manager. Your case manager will guide you on your journey going forward. If, after the meeting, all parties agree that they desire to move forward together, we will continue forward with next steps in the journey. The finalization of the match is dependent upon full medical clearance from your IVF Center. Your GC candidate will then proceed to the IVF Center for full approval as your surrogate. When the candidate has passed full medical and psychological screening the match is considered official, and at that point a contract will be executed between you and the GC.