CFC is proud to be one of the first agencies (if not the first agency) to conduct an in-home interview for all of our surrogate candidates and their partners (if applicable), by a member of our own team — someone whose judgment we know we can trust as a part of our routine, high-touch surrogate pre-screening process. We often say that if we would feel comfortable with her carrying our own baby then we would be able to recommend she carry for one of our intended parents. The in-home interview gives us the opportunity to see where the surrogate lives to ensure it is a happy, healthy, and safe environment. Meeting candidates and all adults who live in the home allows us to thoroughly vet her preferences again, such as whether she will completely defer to the intended parents regarding termination, and her preferences for a journey, such as what kind of relationship she envisions with her intended parents during and after the journey.
The in-home interview is another opportunity to ask questions and discuss next steps in the process, including the transition to her journey coordinator, the introductory meeting with her intended parents, the medical and psychological screening, contracts, and embryo transfer(s). We also ask that a surrogate candidate send us several photos of her family and home.
Once we have medical pre-clearance of your surrogate candidate and she has passed psychological screening, and we decide she is the perfect candidate for you, we prepare a package for you to review. Each package contains the references, in-home report, as well as a profile about the candidate, which contains the surrogate’s answers to questions from the application and in-home interview, and also a legal analysis of how the parentage process would work. CFC intended parents will then have the chance to decide if they would like to move forward with the potential surrogate candidate. We want you to feel intuitively that she is amazing and you could trust her to be your surrogate. 99% of the time, our parents get that feeling with the first package they receive. If you don’t feel confident that she would be an incredible surrogate for you, we want to know, because we never want to force a match. If you do feel excited to move forward with next steps, we will send her your “Dear Surrogate” letter. Assuming the surrogate reads your letter and is beyond eager to meet you, your journey coordinator then schedules the introductory meeting for all parties to meet!