It’s obvious that surrogacy is not a simple process. There’s a lot involved: the screening, legal, medical, and psychological processes, not to mention the emotional complications that can arise. But what exactly are the necessary surrogacy services in South Carolina, and where can you find them?
When you work with the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson for your surrogacy, we can provide all the surrogacy services you need. Unlike other law firms, our Gestational Surrogacy Program provides screening and case management services — to make sure that your surrogacy process is completed as smoothly as possible from start to finish. While we do outsource certain surrogacy services (for example, the embryo transfer process will be completed by a fertility clinic), we will work with you every step of the way to ensure your comfort and confidence in your surrogacy journey.
We are happy to discuss our surrogacy program and surrogacy services with you any time at 864-573-5533. To give you a better idea of what services you’ll need for your surrogacy process, we’ve detailed them below.
Advertising, Screening and Matching
Whether you’re a prospective surrogate or intended parent, you’ll need to find the other person who will be involved in your surrogacy process. While you may wish to find a surrogate or intended parent on your own, many people choose to work with a surrogacy professional instead.
Finding a surrogate or intended parents can be difficult. That’s why so many choose to work with a surrogacy professional, who provides advertising and marketing services to attract prospective surrogates and intended parents and give them a wider range of choices for their surrogacy process.
Like many matching professionals, the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson uses a mutual matching service for surrogates and intended parents (they can review each other’s profiles and surrogacy preferences before committing to a match). Every prospective surrogate and intended parent will have undergone background screening to ensure they’re prepared for the surrogacy process and do not have any history that would make surrogacy dangerous for them or the person they’re working with. In our Gestational Surrogacy Program, both intended parents and surrogates undergo criminal background checks, and a surrogate will undergo screening by a social worker and a psychologist before matching.
You can use our matching services at the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson and work with us for the rest of your surrogacy process. You can also find this surrogacy service through a surrogacy agency or complete the matching process on your own if you have a friend or family member who you want to partner with; the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson can provide the services you’ll need for the remainder of your surrogacy process.
Counseling and Support
Surrogacy can be an emotionally complicated process for both surrogates and intended parents, so it’s important that you find a surrogacy professional who offers the surrogacy service of counseling and support throughout the process. Support from a trained social worker is highly recommended to ensure the relationship between surrogates and intended parents remains strong and that each member stays committed to the surrogacy process.
When you work with the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, you will be assigned a case manager who is a licensed social worker. She will work with you every step of the way to make sure you’re comfortable and to answer any questions you might have. While you may be able to find an independent social worker, counselor or psychologist on your own, they may not have the experience with surrogacy that you need to ensure a successful process.
No matter whether you work with a law firm, a surrogacy agency or another professional, you will need case management surrogacy services to handle all the complicated aspects of your surrogacy journey. While you may be able to manage your surrogacy process by yourself, it’s highly recommended that you have a professional who’s familiar with the process to ensure you don’t forget any crucial medical or legal aspects of surrogacy.
Our Gestational Surrogacy Program provides surrogates and intended parents with an individual caseworker who will manage their surrogacy process from beginning to the end, including the coordination of the matching, the medical process, the legal surrogacy contract and more. She will be available to you 24 hours a day to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
Unlike the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, most law firms do not offer this case management service. You can commonly find these surrogacy services provided by surrogacy agencies.
There are many steps involved in the surrogacy legal process to make sure the intended parents’ rights are properly protected, the surrogate receives the agreed-upon compensation, each side understands their role and responsibilities in the process and more. No matter what kind of surrogacy professional you work with, you will need a separate surrogacy lawyer to help you complete this part of the surrogacy process.
Fortunately, attorney Jim Thompson is an experienced surrogacy attorney who can help the intended parents draft and negotiate their surrogacy contract, establish their parental rights through appropriate legal proceedings and make sure any necessary consent or relinquishment proceedings are taken care of. In addition to these legal surrogacy services, the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson provides case management and matching services, so we encourage you to work with our law firm from the beginning to the end of your surrogacy journey.
One of the more complicated aspects of gestational surrogacy is the in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer process. All surrogates and intended parents will need to work with a fertility clinic to undergo medical screening and complete the IVF process, including any additional steps needed with an egg or sperm donor.
Usually, intended parents and surrogates will work with a fertility clinic of the intended parents’ choice, as they likely have established a relationship with one while undergoing infertility treatments. Once a pregnancy is confirmed, a surrogate may be able to use her own OBGYN to receive proper prenatal care.
Our law firm, as well as many surrogacy agencies, can help refer you to the proper medical professionals to complete this process, as well as provide coordination of the medical screening process and the hospital arrangements for the birth of the baby.
Surrogacy is an expensive process for intended parents, and it can be complicated to transfer funds between the intended parent and the surrogate as the expenses tally up. Many intended parents work with a surrogacy professional to set up a fee schedule and escrow account to ensure the surrogate is compensated fairly and legally.
Most surrogacy agencies and surrogacy attorneys offer these surrogacy services, and attorney Jim Thompson is no exception. We will assist in establishing an escrow account with a third party escrow company and manage the financial aspects of the surrogacy.
Start Our Gestational Surrogacy Program Today
Clearly, there are many surrogacy services in South Carolina that you should consider before moving forward with the surrogacy process, whether you’re an intended parent or a prospective surrogate. It’s a complicated process, but when you work with the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, you’ll be provided help every step of the way. Our case management services will coordinate your surrogacy process from beginning to end, making it as easy as possible for you.
To learn more about the surrogacy services we offer with our Gestational Surrogacy Program, please call our office at 864-573-5533 or contact us online today.