Overview of Surrogacy in Texas
First, it is important to understand that each state has different legislation on surrogacy. Texas surrogacy laws permit gestational surrogacy for intended parents who are married and have their gestational carrier agreement validated by a court before the birth. For traditional surrogacy — which isn’t as common as gestational — the surrogacy is handled more like an adoption, with the necessary paperwork filed only after the birth. International Surrogacy Center only works with gestational surrogacy.
Aside from legal matters, it’s also best for intended parents and prospective surrogates to gain an understanding of the process as a whole. Doing so begins by researching the surrogacy agencies in your area and determining which one is the best fit. You’ll want to make sure the agency has the same views as you, can support your goals and has attorneys specializing in surrogacy law available to you.
Once you’ve decided on the right agency, the next step is to reach out. With ISC, we have an online application process where, after review, we contact you to schedule an interview or complimentary consultation. The goal of the meeting is to explain the process, answer any questions and establish a rapport. Prospective surrogates then complete an application, confirm compensation, and create a profile to match with intended parents. After matching, surrogates undergo medical screenings and a criminal background check before contracts are signed, and fertility treatment can begin.