If you’re thinking about being a surrogate for your friend, you’ve come to the right place. The surrogacy experts at the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson can help you and your intended parents make your surrogacy dreams come true.
In many ways, being a surrogate for a friend is no different than being a surrogate for intended parents you didn’t know before. One big similarity? You will need a surrogacy professional to guide you through this process legally, safely and successfully.
That’s where our team comes in. Whatever your needs for your identified surrogacy journey — and however expansive they may be — our surrogacy professionals can help you create a tailored surrogacy plan for your preferences and desires. Get started today by calling us at 864-573-5533 or contacting us online.
In the meantime, you can learn a little bit more about becoming a gestational surrogate for a friend through our program below.
Can I Be a Surrogate for My Friend in South Carolina?
We are approached by many women who have offered their services to a friend they know is coping with infertility. We admire your dedication and your selflessness; carrying a child for a loved one is one of the greatest gifts you could ever grant.
If you have a desire to be a surrogate for a friend, you’re one step closer to making your intended parents’ dream a reality. However, surrogacy is not right for everyone, so it’s important that you first meet all the necessary requirements to take this path before you go any further.
So, what are the requirements of being a surrogate mother for a friend in South Carolina?
At the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, we’ve developed qualifications based on the recommendations of medical and legal experts in the field. To be a surrogate with our program, you must:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 38 years (over 38 may be considered if had a recent pregnancy)
- Have given birth to a child that you are raising
- Be financially stable and not on any form of government assistance
- Have a healthy pregnancy history and lifestyle
- Be smoke- and drug-free
- Be a U.S. Citizen (or permanent resident) and speaking English fluently
- Have a vehicle and valid driver’s license
- Reside in South Carolina (or within a one-hour drive of the S.C. border)
These requirements exist to protect you and your intended parents from some of the legal, medical and emotional risks of gestational surrogacy. If you don’t meet these requirements, there is a possibility that you will not be able to proceed with your friend — regardless of how much you want to be a surrogate for them. However, at times, the fertility clinics are not as rigid when the intended parents and surrogate are related or have a close relationship. If you do not meet these requirements, your friends should contact their specific fertility doctor to confirm their requirements.
For more information on requirements for being a surrogate mother for a friend (including any exceptions made on a case-by-case basis), please contact our surrogacy professionals today.
How Do I Become a Surrogate for My Friend?
If you’re wondering how to be a surrogate for a friend in South Carolina, know that this process is very similar to if you were working with intended parents that a surrogacy professional had found for you. When you choose the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, our team of surrogacy professionals will guide you through every step of the process, listed below:
Step 1: Complete Application Paperwork
If you meet the basic requirements to be a gestational carrier, we encourage you to complete our online application. This will help our team gather more information about you and start your surrogacy process.
Even though you will already have a surrogacy match, we require that you (and your intended parents) complete initial screenings to confirm your eligibility and preparation for surrogacy. This may include:
- Completion of our surrogacy questionnaire
- Phone interview
- Background check authorizations
- A home visit with a licensed social worker
- And more
These steps will make sure that you and your intended parents are truly ready for a surrogacy journey together and understand what’s ahead before getting too far along in your journey.
Step 2: Undergo Additional Screening
Once you meet the initial requirements for surrogacy, we will require you to undergo mental health and medical screenings. These screenings will further confirm that you are mentally, emotionally and physically ready for the challenges of being a surrogate for your friend. Your intended parents will undergo a psychological counseling session, as well.
Step 3: Complete Your Legal Contract
Typically, our law firm is hired to represent the intended parents, although we do also provide surrogate representation as well. Once the appropriate professionals have approved your surrogacy for a friend, our legal team will start negotiating your surrogacy contract with your separate attorney This legal document is basically a roadmap for your entire surrogacy journey; it will detail rights and responsibilities, risks and what-ifs, and other complicated aspects of the surrogacy journey. Don’t worry — your legal services will always be free to you, and you will be provided your own attorney who will represent your rights and interests during this process.
Once this contract is signed and finalized, you and your intended parents will be cleared to move forward with the medical process of surrogacy at their clinic of choice.
Considering Being a Surrogate for a Friend? Choose Our Program
You may wonder why, if you’ve already found your intended parents, you need to work with an experienced surrogacy professional.
The fact is, there is a lot more involved in how to be a surrogate for a friend than just deciding you want to move forward together.
Surrogacy can be a complicated process, even when you are working with someone that you know. There are many moving parts involved in a successful surrogacy for a friend, and having an experienced surrogacy professional involved can make a great deal of difference. You will always need a surrogacy attorney and a fertility clinic in an independent journey, and the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson can refer you to all the professionals you need.
When you contact us about becoming a surrogate mother for a friend in South Carolina, we will work with you and your intended parents to create a surrogacy plan that is perfect for you both. Whether you desire many services or just our legal assistance, we will be here to help.
To create a tailored surrogacy plan today with your friends, please call our offices at 864-573-5533 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you.