Welcome Future Parents
Family Forward Surrogacy (FFS) was founded by a former Intended Parent (IP), now the mother of twins. We understand how difficult it can be to entrust the most important event in your life to someone you have only just met. We understand that some couples have already been through a difficult journey of IVF treatments and disappointments. FFS will always treat you with the utmost respect and compassion. At FFS we are committed to making your journey through surrogacy to parenthood as stress-free as possible.
Gestational Surrogate Screening: Our team performs extensive background checks including FBI Fingerprint Background Checks and Child Protective Services screenings. We conduct in-home studies of the surrogate and her spouse or partner. We also require psychological evaluations of the Gestational Surrogate (and partner, if applicable), conducted by a mental health professional specializing in surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). All reports are provided to the Intended Parents.
Legal Security: The laws governing surrogacy differ greatly from state to state. FFS works hand-in-hand with a network of experienced ART attorneys to determine which states are appropriate for a particular client from a legal perspective. For example, some states are “surrogacy-friendly” only for traditional married couples, while others are friendly to couples or singles regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. Once FFS has matched Intended Parents with a surrogate, the IP's engage an ART attorney to draft the contract between themselves and that Surrogate. This attorney also assists in obtaining Pre- or Post-Birth Orders, and/or post-birth adoptions or second parent adoptions (if applicable) required to ensure that the Intended Parents will have full legal parental rights to their children born through surrogacy.
Support: FFS offers unparalleled support to its Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogates. Intended Parents can call the founder of the company at any time. As a former Intended Parent whose Gestational Surrogate had a difficult twin pregnancy, she is very sympathetic to IP emotions and concerns. In addition, IP’s have access to the surrogate case manager, attorney and psychologist if needed. As mentioned, FFS provides its Gestational Surrogates with a dedicated case manager, herself a former GS, who acts as their advocate. We find that having this additional support for the GS keeps the lines of communication open, and helps to address any issues before they become problems. FFS will accompany the GS to her first appointment at the IVF clinic and to the Embryo Transfer. FFS will also act as a liaison between the IVF clinic, the Gestational Surrogate and the Intended Parents.
Credentials: FFS are members of the American Fertility Association (AFA), RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and we follow all ASRM guidelines on surrogacy and egg donation.
Financial: FFS believes that finding a superior Gestational Surrogate is of the utmost importance. In order to ensure that we find the best candidates for gestational surrogacy, we charge about $5,000 less than most agencies in matching fees, and instead ensure that our Gestational Surrogates receive very competitive compensation packages. The end result is that the out-of-pocket expenses for the Intended Parents are the same, but more compensation goes directly to the Gestational Surrogate. FFS can provide this advantage because it has a small, dedicated team, and keeps its overhead low. For detailed financial information, please see our Financial Worksheet.
Intended Parent Qualifications: In order to protect all parties, FFS requires proof of the ability to pay all fees associated with surrogacy and puts the surrogate fee in an FDIC-insured escrow account before IVF treatments begin. FFS also requires that Intended Parents attend a counseling session with a psychologist who specializes in Advanced Reproductive Technology as well as a joint session with their Gestational Surrogate (and her partner, if applicable).
Surrogacy vs. Adoption:
Gestational Surrogacy provides the following advantages over adoption:
- Enables the Intended Parents to have a child that is genetically related to them
- Allows couples needing an egg donor to choose a donor who meets the criteria they specify (education, background, physical characteristics, etc.)
- Does not allow the GS to change her mind after birth as the birth mother of an adopted child may
- Allows the IP’s to attend doctors’ visits, ultra sound appointments, and the delivery; allowing them to be included in the entire pregnancy
- Allows IP’s to select a GS who fits their criteria (education, background, marital status, physical characteristics, etc.) and who is obligated by contract not to drink or smoke during pregnancy