Frequently Asked Questions for Intended Parent(s)

Get Answers to Your Surrogacy Questions

How long does the surrogacy process take? Should we consider egg donation? We’ve been in this field for a while, and we’ve heard it all. Here are answers to the questions we are asked most often by our intended parent(s). If you don’t see your question on this page, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help!  

How long will it take to find a surrogate?

A good estimate is 2 – 4 months (depending on your surrogate criteria). In some cases, the process can be completed is as little as a few weeks.

Will I have an opportunity to meet the surrogate before matching?

Yes. You will have an opportunity to meet her via video call or in person after reviewing her profile.

Do we have to pay a deposit to view surrogate profiles?

No. We don’t charge an agency fee or a deposit until the surrogate is medically cleared by the IVF doctor.

What screenings are performed on the surrogate prior to matching?

Criminal background checks are performed on both the surrogate and her partner (if applicable). The surrogate also undergoes a mental and physical health screening.

Where are the surrogacy funds held?

Your approved attorney, escrow company or a third-party fund holder is responsible for holding your funds.

When do I have to sign the agency retainer agreement?

The agency agreement must be signed upon matching and payment for the agency fee is due upon medical clearance.

Do surrogates have their own insurance that covers surrogacy?

Approximately 20% of our surrogates have health insurance that covers surrogacy.

Can we purchase an insurance policy for the surrogate if she is not covered under her own?

Yes. We work with insurance brokers that will recommend the best available policy for your situation.

Is the surrogate required to live near the clinic?

No, because she only attends one to three appointments per cycle.

Can we choose our own attorney or clinic?


Do you have an in-house attorney?

No. We prefer that the intended parent(s) interview and select the attorney of choice. We want to avoid a conflict of interest during the journey.

What is the difference between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy?

We work only with gestational surrogacy. A gestational surrogate, which is the most common type, is a surrogate who is not genetically related to the child(ren) she is carrying for the intended parent(s). The eggs are retrieved from the intended mother or an egg donor and are fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor; then the embryos are transferred to the surrogate’s womb.

A traditional surrogate is a surrogate who also donates her egg and has a biological link to the child(ren) she is carrying for the intended parent(s).

Will I have a single point of contact throughout my journey?

Yes. You will be assigned a single experienced case manager to guide you throughout your journey to parenthood.

How many cases do you handle per year?

We average 60 – 80 cases annually.

How big is your agency?

We are right-sized for customer service and to provide all the attention our intended parents desire.

When should the intended parent(s) arrive for the birth of the baby?

You should plan to be near the surrogate at about 38 weeks’ gestation.

What is the average cost for the entire journey?

The total cost, including IVF clinic fees, attorney fees, agency fees and surrogate compensation averages $150,000 – $170,000.

Why choose ISC?

We offer superior customer service and provide services that most other agencies do not or, if they do, they charge extra.

Can I be a parent if I’m single?


Will I need an attorney?

Yes. You will need an attorney who specializes in surrogacy law.

For International Parents

Does ISC help me with the birth certificate and passport for my newborn(s)?
Do I need an attorney in my country?

While not required, this is recommended.

Will my baby/babies be U.S. citizens?

Yes. The baby/babies will be a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. birth certificate.

What documents do I need for traveling back home?

Your child needs a US passport to enter your country. We will guide you to obtain the US passport.

Do I need to travel to the U.S. to sign documents or see my surrogate?

No. You are required to come only within 48 hours of the birth of the baby/babies. However, many intended parents wish to meet their surrogate in person and attend some medical appointments. It’s up to you!