For gay communities across the US, it can be challenging when it comes to building a family. If you are interested in becoming a father and looking to add a baby to your life, there are many things to consider when planning for your journey to fatherhood. It takes time, patience, money, and hope.
Choosing an egg donor and a surrogate is not an easy task. You can either choose a friend or relative as an egg donor or a surrogate, or you can use an agency to find a gestational carrier (surrogate) who will carry the pregnancy but does not supply the egg. Through in vitro fertilization, the intended parents’ sperm and donor egg are combined and transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus. Finding the right surrogate and making a connection with them takes time and effort. Gestational carriers and the intended parents must go through comprehensive screenings and psychological assessments to make sure they are a good fit.
There are also legal considerations. Surrogacy laws differ by state, so it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in same-sex surrogacy cases. Your attorney will offer legal counsel and prepare contracts to ensure everyone’s rights are addressed. Having good legal representation also assures you that custody of your child is with you and not with the surrogate.
It is important to find the right agency that you trust and who has experience working with the LGBTQ community. We want all intended parents to have a sense of hope when trying to have a child, especially when choosing a surrogate. Please contact us with any questions you may have about surrogacy options and we will make every effort to match you with LGBTQ-friendly surrogates to help fulfill your dream of parenthood.