The surrogacy service requires huge dedication and commitment to the intended on the end of surrogates. Therefore, the surrogate has equal right to know about the intended parent’s details to ensure that the safety to work for them and emotional and financial support from intended parents require to pursue the surrogacy process. Screening for intended parents requires to conduct for assuring the surrogates that they serve for a genuine client.
The intended parent screening process varies from agency to agency. However, every surrogacy agency has conducted screening for intended parents and the detailed profile has shown to prospective surrogates. Following are details of the surrogacy screening process of intended parents:
Assessment of application form and questionnaire
Intended parents need to apply a surrogacy agency by filling a detailed application form along with providing family information, social history, and reasons for surrogacy process selection. Surrogacy agencies can estimate the interest of the intended parent to pursue surrogacy by assessing the provided information. The surrogacy agency also gauges the commitment level of intended parents and the need for surrogacy service from application form assessment.
After submission of the application form and basic information to the surrogacy agency, intended parents usually have received a call for setting the first appointment with a surrogacy agency. During the first visit, a surrogacy expert who is working for that agency provides detail surrogacy related information and also answers the question of intended parents if any to clear the surrogacy process concept. After the session, a pre-approved questionnaire is provided to the intended parents to fill up. The goal of filling the questionnaire is to assess the genuine interest of intended parents and also to develop a surrogacy plan for the legitimated clients. Surrogacy agency can know the following details from the filled-up questionnaire:
- Intended parent’s preference to pursue the type of surrogacy (traditional or gestational)
- Their estimated budget
- The requirement of gamete donor (egg donor, sperm donor or both)
- Previous surrogacy experience (if any)
- Their concept of family building
- The surrogacy contract details along with segments of the payment amount to the surrogate (in case of commercial surrogacy) or other medical expense payment procedures.
- Their plan to the disclosure of surrogacy to their born child
The surrogacy agency has used this information for searching potential surrogates for best matching with the intended parent’s requirement.
Most of the surrogacy agencies conduct background verification checking of intended parents to confirm a clear criminal background, child-abusing record registry, etc before starts any medical process. This analysis requires to ensure that the born child/children will get a safe and stable home and family for healthy raising.
The application of intended parents will be rejected in case of a finding of any past controversial event, especially related to the child.
The surrogacy agency also checks all the safety parameters which can affect surrogate.
Residential visits for assessment of the home is not a legal requirement, but some surrogacy agencies are conducted home visit by taking help from social workers. Alike a child adoption process, social workers visit the home of the intended parents for inspecting safety for the born child. They may interview all the family members of the families and observe are the other children of intended parents currently live that house.
Surrogate may feel confident to pursue surrogacy after known all this information from the intended parents.
Ravi Sharma is the director at ARTbaby Global (ARThealthcare). And a successful pharmacist and a marketer. He loves to write about IVF, Surrogacy and other ART (assisted reproductive technology) news, issues, and updates. He is a Pharmacy graduate (B. Pharm) and M.B.A (marketing).