If you are a resident of the state of Georgia and you are interested in surrogacy either because you want to become a surrogate yourself, or you want to build your family using a surrogate, you should know that you have great options. Surrogacy in Georgia has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reasons.
If you want to become a parent and you cannot physically carry a pregnancy, you may be drawn to surrogacy as a way to have a child that is biologically yours. If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming a surrogate, chances are that you are drawn to the idea of helping people to grow families of their own.
Here is what both intended parents as well as intended surrogates need to know about the surrogacy process in the state of Georgia.
Is Surrogacy Legal in Georgia?
Although the state of Georgia does not have any specific laws regulating surrogacy, this does not mean that you cannot pursue surrogacy in Georgia. Rather, this simply means that fertility clinics and Georgia counties are free to set their own rules and regulations related to the surrogacy process. Because the court system in Georgia treats surrogacy as a contractual agreement, it’s important to set up a clear surrogacy agreement before you begin the process.
You should also understand that in Georgia, gestational surrogacy, where the woman who carries the baby does not use her own eggs, is far more common than traditional surrogacy, where the woman who is the surrogate uses her own eggs to become pregnant with a surrogate baby. While traditional surrogacy is not legally prohibited in Georgia, most clinics prefer gestational surrogacy and recommend it to both surrogates as well as to intended parents.
While the court system in Georgia tends to be very accepting of gestational surrogacy, the legal process can still be complicated. This is why it’s vital to work with a good surrogacy attorney. For intended parents, a surrogacy attorney can help you establish parentage before your child is born. For surrogates, this attorney will make sure all of your medical rights are protected and any agreements, such as compensation, are upheld.
Surrogacy attorneys also help draft the surrogacy agreement, a crucial contract signed by both the surrogate and the intended parents before the embryo transfer. This contract is a legally binding agreement that establishes the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in the surrogacy. The surrogacy contract is what both doctors and judges will consider during your fertility journey.
How to Become a Surrogate in Georgia?
Your journey to become a surrogate in Georgia begins with a short online surrogate application. After we receive your application, you will then go through our entire process, including a profile questionnaire, a review of your medical records, medical and psychological screenings and a home assessment.
Once all this is done, matching begins and then a legal contract with the intended parents is finalized. You can find more information and see all the steps in our surrogacy process here.
How Much Do Surrogates Make in Georgia?
You deserve to be well compensated for your time and effort as you go through the surrogacy process, as after all, you are helping someone to build their family. In Georgia, first time surrogates can expect to make $50k as a minimum compensation package, and more depending on individual circumstances, such as becoming pregnant with twins. If you are a repeat surrogate, your pay is considerably higher. Complete information on surrogate compensation can be found here.
Requirements to Become a Surrogate in Georgia
In order to qualify to become a surrogate mother in Georgia, you must meet several requirements, including being less than 40 years of age, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you must be physically and mentally healthy. In addition, you, your partner or anyone living in your household must not have a criminal record. Plus, you must have had a previously healthy pregnancy and be raising at least one child.
Once you meet our basic requirements and submit your application, we will conduct a comprehensive medical, psychological, and socio-economic screening to ensure you are a good candidate to become a surrogate. This process is essential to be certain your surrogacy is as safe as possible, both for you and for the baby. You can see all the details on the requirements to become a surrogate in Georgia here.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us online or call us on 310-566-1487.
Or, if you are ready to apply, you can find the application form here.
LGBT Surrogacy in Georgia
LGBT families are welcome to pursue surrogacy in Georgia. Marriage equality, which is now federal law in all fifty states, means that gay and lesbian couples are afforded the very same legal rights in America as heterosexual couples. These rights extend to surrogacy and other reproductive assistance.
But even though reproductive assistance for LGBT families is a legal right, LGBT couples should choose a surrogacy lawyer who has experience working with same-sex couples. This is important because there are different legal steps LGBT couples might need to take, including second-parent adoption after the baby is born.
More information on family building as well as surrogacy for gay men can be found here.
How Much Does a Surrogate Cost in Georgia?
We understand that part of the process of considering surrogacy as a way to build your family involves asking how much does a surrogate cost in Georgia. We take a very aboveboard approach to this question and are completely transparent about the costs involved.
The average cost for our full surrogacy process here at Premium Surrogacy falls between $140,000 and 160,000. Your individual circumstances can affect the total amount. If a gestational surrogate has travel expenses, needs a c-section or is carrying twins, then you can expect your costs to increase. The surrogate’s health insurance coverage is also a factor. To see more information on the cost of surrogacy, go here.
How Do I find a Surrogate in Georgia?
Finding a surrogate in Georgia is a multi-step process which is actually quite straightforward. Unlike many other agencies, at Premium Surrogacy all of our prospective surrogates have already completed their extensive medical and psychological screening prior to confirmation of matching. You’ll get access to our surrogate profiles and there is also a match meeting (virtual if you can’t make it in person) between the intended parents and the surrogate.
Once there is a match between the intended parent(s) and the surrogate, the legal agreement is drawn up and then plans for the embryo transfer can begin. More information on all the steps involved in how to find a surrogate in Georgia can be seen here.
Georgia Surrogacy Agency
Here at Premium Surrogacy we are very clear that we are the best surrogacy agency, not only in Georgia, but across the U.S. We can say this with confidence as we work with surrogates across most of the states, and also work with intended parents from all over the world who choose to work with a Georgia surrogate.
We have a fully integrated surrogacy service, meaning our surrogates and intended parents work with a one cohesive team. These team members include a dedicated surrogacy staff and each of these staff members has been a surrogate herself. Plus, we work in partnership with an internationally recognized and respected fertility specialist at Santa Monica Fertility Clinic. All of our surrogates must undergo a rigorous medical and psychological screening process prior to being matched with the intended parent(s).
We are always grateful and delighted to hear from clients, both surrogates and intended parents, who have used our services and leave us reviews like these:
“We are so grateful and ecstatic to have our new son in our family. We experienced heartbreaking miscarriages and were told we could not have another. Our other son wanted a sibling so bad, that he wrote a note to “the storks” asking for a brother or sister to play with and help take care of. Thanks to Premium Surrogacy, Dr. Jain and his wonderful staff, we have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy! We feel that our family is “complete” but we would highly recommend Premium Surrogacy to any family seeking to bring another child into their family. Perhaps it’s not quite “in the usual way” but just as amazing and wonderful. We are forever grateful!”
Or like this one…
“I am currently a surrogate working with Premium and it is my first journey. I can not express enough how truly incredible this agency is. As a first time surrogate it was incredibly overwhelming starting out, and I had spoken to several agencies. But Premium really stood out to me, as the advisor I spoke with made my decision to move forward with them so easy. You can tell their advisors really truly care and the majority have been surrogates themselves so it’s a very personal and understanding experience. Wendy is my advisor and to say she was a God sent is an understatement. Every step of the way each person involved in my journey has been so great. I would 110% recommend Premium if you are considering surrogacy!! I would use them over and over again and would refer them personally without hesitation. This journey so far has been everything I dreamt and more thanks to this incredible team of people!”
Start Your Surrogacy Journey in Georgia
So whether you are an intended parent or someone who is considering becoming a surrogate in Georgia, we welcome you to begin your journey by choosing Premium Surrogacy. Surrogacy is a wonderful option for many people, and yes, every family’s reproductive needs are different.
You can find more information on becoming a surrogate in our Surrogate FAQ. We also have information on the surrogacy process that will be helpful, both to intended parents, and prospective surrogates.
At Premium Surrogacy, we treat every intended parent and intended surrogate as an individual, ensuring that they receive the information and the support they need to choose the fertility journey that is best for them. To learn more about the process, please contact us online or call our office today on 310-566-1470. We would be delighted to speak with you!