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Surrogacy in Orlando
Choosing surrogacy is an option for women who have had repeated miscarriages or who cannot conceive or carry a child to term. It is also an option for women with uterine abnormalities or for gay couples looking to build their families.
There are two types of surrogates: a traditional surrogate or a gestational surrogate. Traditional surrogates are inseminated with sperm, which fertilizes her own eggs. The resulting child is related biologically to the surrogate. On the other hand, gestational surrogates are implanted with an embryo, so her eggs are not used. This child will not be related biologically to the surrogate.
Couples can ask a family member or friend to serve as their surrogate, but many prefer to work with a surrogacy agency or fertility clinic to match them with a surrogate.
Surrogacy Laws in Florida
Unlike many states, which have conflicting or unclear laws on surrogacy, Florida has laws that deal specifically with surrogacy agreements. According to Florida law, both gestational surrogacy agreements and traditional surrogacy agreements are allowed.
The law on surrogacy agreements can be found in Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes. There are strict rules concerning the gestational surrogacy agreements, including that the couples must be over the age of 18 and legally married. Traditional surrogacy agreements, which are referred to as “pre-planned adoption agreements,” are connected to state adoption law. Additionally, intended parents may pay “reasonable” living, medical, psychological, or psychiatric expenses of the surrogate, as well as compensation for inconvenience, discomfort, and medical risk. No other compensation is allowed.
Surrogacy laws in Florida prevent a gay couple from entering into a surrogacy agreement, since the couple must be legally married.
Orlando Surrogacy Agencies
Surrogacy agencies in Orlando match up intended parents with potential surrogates. Surrogacy agencies vary on their requirements, but most require rigorous physical and psychological screenings for the surrogate before the process can begin. Before you begin the surrogacy process, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the costs and fees of each. Retaining the services of a reproductive lawyer who specializes in surrogacy can help you understand state surrogacy laws.
The following surrogacy agencies in the Orlando area work with intended parents:
- Little Blessing Surrogacy Consultants
- The Surrogacy SOURCE
Some couples may prefer to work with fertility clinics rather than surrogacy agencies. There are three fertility clinics in Orlando that work with surrogates.