Facebook Group vs. Surrogacy Agency: Where Should I Find My Gestational Carrier?
With online platforms growing, finding a gestational surrogate has never been easier. The internet has allowed intended parents to choose between group forums, like Facebook groups or surrogacy agencies, to start their families.
But which path is right for you?
Is one option safer than the other?
If you’ve been asking, “Where Should I Find My Gestational Carrier?” Heart of Surrogacy has answers. We explain the options and possible risks you might encounter when finding a gestational carrier through different online methods.
Four Main Places to Find a Surrogate
Whether in the research phase or sold on surrogacy, you should know there are different ways to find a surrogate. The four main ways to find a surrogate are:
- Hiring through a surrogacy agency
- Paying a freelance surrogate recruiter
- Seeking an independent surrogate (e.g., matching groups, Facebook, etc.)
- Asking your network of family and friends
The easiest way to find a surrogate or gestational carrier is through a surrogacy agency. There are many agencies to choose from online, all ranging in price. A somewhat less expensive option is paying a freelance surrogate recruiter. A freelance surrogate recruiter is not part of an agency, though they usually have agency experience.
You can also search for a surrogate independently through social media platforms like Facebook. Independent surrogacy will have a longer wait than other methods. Lastly, reaching out to family and friends and requesting their advice on where to find a good surrogate is yet another option. Your network will likely point you to one of the other three options.
Facebook Groups versus Surrogacy Agency
Surrogacy through online Facebook groups is becoming increasingly popular because of their eye-catching costs. But are Facebook groups safe, or is it still best to shop for surrogates through a reputable agency?
At first, finding a surrogate independently through a Facebook group may appear less expensive or more immediate; however, the opposite may be true. It’s easy to let excitement and determination blind you to the red flags that come with finding solutions on your own.
Some of the issues that may arise from shopping independently through Facebook groups for surrogates are:
- Risk of fraud and misrepresentation
- Ineligible prospective surrogates
- Longer wait times
- Problems with coordination and communication
Searching for a surrogate through Facebook groups has a higher chance of fraud and misrepresentation versus going through a well-known surrogate agency. It’s too simple for people to pose as something or someone they are not. But through a surrogacy agency, there is a safety net to protect intended parents from scams.
Surrogacy Agency Safeguards to Protect You
All surrogates must go through a process before they can become a surrogate. They must be physiologically and medically approved by a professional, and many possible surrogate mothers found on Facebook have yet to be screened. This extends the time frame an intended parent must wait before starting their surrogate journey.
With that said, if you can be patient and are okay with a more hands-on approach to communicating, finding a surrogate through Facebook groups is still an option. Extra steps will have to happen to ensure you are not part of a scam.
Going through a surrogacy agency may be the better option if you’d rather be cautious and reduce or remove the worry of fraud.
A surrogacy agency tends to be more costly, but all services are included and have a legal safety net. Many feel they are paying for the value of security and ease. Surrogacy agencies also have a faster turnaround because their surrogates have already undergone a screening process and background check. Since agencies involve more than one employee, they often have more resources, making the process for intended parents much more effortless.
Finding a Gestational Surrogate, that’s Right for You
Although there are a few ways to find a gestational carrier for surrogacy, some ways are better than others. Less expensive options may not be as safe as going through an agency specializing in surrogacy. At Heart of Surrogacy, LLC, we want to inform you of your options and support you on your path to becoming a parent. Contact Heart of Surrogacy by phone at 813-280-6500 or through email at [email protected].