One would assume that the main reason a woman becomes a surrogate is for the money, but this is not usually the case. Still, compensation can be an important factor. Therefore, most women will look for the best surrogate compensation and/or the highest-paying surrogacy agency when they’re considering this path.
If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate and you want to find the best-paying agency, here are some things you should consider.
How Can I Find The Best Surrogacy Agency?
Simply put, the best agency will be the one that meets your individual needs. Be sure to keep this in mind when you’re conducting your search for agencies. Speaking of which, how do you know which agency is right for you? There are many factors to consider, the following are among the most important.
- What is the screening process like for prospective parents and potential surrogates?
- What kind of services do they provide?
- What is the agency’s history? How long has it been around?
- What are the surrogate requirements for working with the agency?
- What kind of ratings and reviews have they received on surrogacy directories?
- How many surrogates have they worked with? How many of them have received compensation?
Which Surrogacy Agency Pays The Most?
Before you decide on a surrogacy agency, you should have an in-person meeting or a consultation by phone. Feel free to ask questions – any professional surrogacy agency or lawyer should be glad to provide you with answers.
Some of the largest and most popular surrogacy agencies in the US (e.g., Growing Generations and Circle Surrogacy) might offer a very generous compensation, however, you should keep in mind that the key is to find a professional you can trust and are entirely comfortable with.
What kinds of questions about surrogacy compensation should you ask?
1- Will Compensation Include Surrogacy Expenses?
When you’re trying to find the highest-paying surrogacy agency, you need to find out how each agency calculates its surrogacy compensation rates. Basically, you need to make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges. You can’t do this if you don’t know the cost of the various services agencies offer.
Another thing to keep in mind is that compensation rates fluctuate; for example, first time surrogate compensation might be lower than second time surrogate compensation. Also, location might have an impact. (Some of the best-paid surrogates are found in California due to the high demand for surrogates.)
Taking these things into consideration, you should expect to do a fair bit of research to find out how much compensation you might be able to receive.
2- How Transparent Are The Professionals About Surrogacy Compensation?
The reality is that many surrogacy professionals will not freely provide you with their base compensation rate. These agencies will come up with all kinds of explanations as to why a base rate isn’t possible. They may even try to tell you that your situation determines their calculation method. If the agency you’re interested in refuses to reveal its compensation rates, you should take this as a red flag and look elsewhere.
Also, even if the surrogacy agency will pay you top-dollar, it doesn’t mean they’ll give you the support you need. If they refuse to talk about their business model, chances are they’re not worth your time. Again, take this as a red flag and look elsewhere.
3- Are There Any Other Benefits Besides Surrogate Compensation?
Surrogacy compensation might be the most significant factor in terms of choosing surrogacy professionals, but it’s not the only factor to consider. Being a surrogate is not easy, so you want to choose an agency that will be dedicated to helping you at every turn.
You want an agency that will be with you from start to finish and will safeguard your interests and rights. While surrogacy can involve compensation, it’s not the end-all, be-all, of the journey.
How Can I Get The Best Surrogate Compensation?
As we explained above, one option is to work with one of the top-paying surrogacy agencies. However, you could also choose the independent route if it works for you.
Surrogates sometimes choose to pursue a private surrogacy because it could lead to a higher compensation. This is due to the possibility of intended parents having more budget available because they don´t have to pay agency fees.
That said, completing an independent journey can be challenging, especially when you are not familiar with the process. Also, you won´t have the support and guidance of an agency, which means that you will need to do certain things on your own (e.g., setting appointments) or with the intended parents.
It’s important to think about the pros and cons before you decide to pursue an Indy journey, so do a lot of thinking and soul-searching!
What you are told during your “interview” with different surrogacy agencies will let you know if they are worth considering. Be sure to choose an agency that understands and respects your situation, needs, and interests and provides a great compensation rate. It´s not only about looking for the best surrogate compensation or the highest-paying agency. Ultimately, you need an agency that will be there for you from start to finish.