It takes a very special person to be a gestational surrogate and help someone else build their family. Thank you for considering our Gestational Carrier Program!
Anyone considering becoming a surrogate must pass some basic requirements. If you fit these guidelines, please proceed by filling out our preliminary questionnaire, which can be accessed below.
Between the ages of 21 and 38 years (over 38 may be considered if had a recent pregnancy)
Given birth to a child that you are raising
Financially stable and not on any form of government assistance
Healthy pregnancy history and lifestyle
Smoke and drug free
US Citizen (or permanent resident) and speak English fluently
Have a vehicle and valid driver’s license
Reside in South Carolina (or within a 1-hour drive of the SC border)
We can't talk about adoption without talking about trauma, which might not be what you expect with a prompt of "silliness". But Dr. Karen Purvis, a researcher at the TCU Institute for Child Development, says, "Laughter has been shown to transmit calming connections across broad neurological terrain and promote learning. Play and silliness send the message that you mean no harm. You change the tone of the room whenever you find creative ways to have fun together."
If you're parenting a child from trauma or working to heal from your own trauma, don't underestimate the power of laughter and silliness to generate felt safety and calm. Read the whole article from Psychology Today through the link below.
November is National Adoption Month. We are using this as an opportunity to highlight the many aspects of adoption – the joy, the loss, and the importance of educating ourselves in best practice to support and represent every member of the adoption constellation. If you’d like to participate, please use the hashtag #jftadoptionmonth. We’d love to hear your experiences as well. #nationaladoptionmonth
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