Becoming a surrogate in Arizona is a little more complicated than it is in other states. If you’re thinking of making the wonderful decision to help others create a family, you should look for agencies that can help you navigate the process. At International Surrogacy Center, we offer services to Arizona residents. To learn more about Arizona surrogacy, we’re happy to share a few factors that you can use to inform your research.
Surrogacy Laws in Arizona
Arizona law renders a surrogacy contract unenforceable, but some courts will permit pre-birth orders that establish the relationship between a surrogate and intended parents. Specifically, Arizona law states that traditional and gestational surrogacy are not legal in the state, and courts will not enforce any surrogacy agreement. As such, many lawyers won’t craft a surrogacy contract when one or both parties reside in Arizona. Some lawyers may be willing to create an agreement that acknowledges the law and provides a letter of understanding between each party. Before you make a decision about Arizona surrogacy, you may want to consult a lawyer to better understand your rights and responsibilities.
Surrogacy Costs and Compensation
As a surrogate, payment for all services you receive is part of your surrogate compensation package. Generally, you should not have to pay out of pocket for any procedures or medications. You may also receive a regular stipend to help you cover the costs of things related to the pregnancy, such as maternity clothing or transportation to clinic locations. In total, surrogacy compensation ranges from $65,000 to $80,000, although some surrogates receive more.
Intended parents pay these fees and more, which may include the costs of IVF or the purchase of a health insurance policy during the pregnancy and afterward. Since the average cost of a surrogacy journey is $125,000 to $175,000, intended parents usually seek financing or plan ahead for the expense.
Finding Surrogacy Agencies in Arizona
Although Arizona surrogacy law creates a few obstacles for the surrogacy process, there are a number of surrogacy agencies in Arizona who will work with surrogates or intended parents living in the state. When you start searching for surrogacy agencies, you should look for organizations that meet the following criteria:
- Experience working with surrogates in your area
- Excellent communication
- Staff members who are willing to answer questions and make sure you understand the process
- Regular support for surrogates
You may want to interview multiple agencies before making a choice. Make a list of questions in advance, and pay attention to the level of support that the agency provides in Arizona.
Starting a Surrogacy Journey
If you think you might be ready to start on a path to becoming a surrogate, you have a number of steps to follow:
- Choosing the right time to begin a surrogacy journey
- Talking to family and friends about your decision
- Completing a medical screening to determine your ability to complete a surrogacy journey
- Matching with intended parents
- Beginning your surrogacy journey
While you are preparing, intended parents go through a complementary process. They choose an agency, confirm that they meet the requirements and work with the agency to match with a surrogate like you.
Contact International Surrogacy Center to Get Started
Although surrogacy in Arizona is not simple, many people make it happen each year. It’s best if you start with an agency that understands the details. At International Surrogacy Center, many members of our staff have happily gone through surrogacy journeys. We can offer you the great assistance that comes from experience, including monthly Zoom support group meetings and more. To learn more about our services, contact us today!