Making the decision to become a parent can be one of the most exciting and rewarding choices a person will ever make. For many, having a child of their own is a joyful experience that happens without complications. But for others, it’s not so easy. There are many reasons why you might be considering surrogacy or adoption — you or your partner have fertility issues, you’re in a same-sex relationship, or you’re in no relationship at all. Whatever the reason, there are several options available that can help you have the child you’ve always wished for.

Surrogacy and adoption are two common paths to parenthood. Both can be great options for people that can’t have children on their own, but there are several considerations to be aware of before making this incredibly important decision. If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading. We want to help you understand the differences so you can decide which path is right for you.

 


Time

There are many factors that can affect how long the entire surrogate or adoption process will take. Obviously, you’ll be excited and anxious to start or add to your family, but all good things take time. If you’re considering adoption, the process can be long and stressful. The length of time can be influenced by factors such as the race and gender you are choosing and whether you are adopting from outside the country. In addition, there are several legal documents and qualification steps that will add to the timeline as well. For all of these reasons, adoption can take from one to three years or more, on average.

Surrogacy, on the other hand, can be a shorter process. While it will still take time to find the right person and complete the appropriate legal documents, on average it will take about 12 to 18 months. Keep in mind that this timeline can also be influenced by your preferences and how long it takes to successfully achieve a pregnancy.

History

Many people that choose to adopt do so without knowing their child’s family history or having access to their medical records. This makes it difficult to be informed about your child’s potential health risks. When you choose to work with a surrogate, you’ll have access to more information and you’ll have more control over prenatal care. In addition, by working with an agency like Above & Beyond Surrogacy, you can have the added assurance that comes with our pre-screening requirements.

Experience

Adopting a baby can be a long and stressful process. When everything is finalized, you instantly have a new addition to your family. Some people feel like they are missing out on the anticipation and excitement of pregnancy and birth. If this is something that is important to you, choosing surrogacy may be a good option. While you may have little to no interaction with biological parents during an adoption, it is recommended that you build a good relationship with your surrogate. The amount of time you spend and what you share will be different for everyone, but you will certainly have more opportunities to be involved during pregnancy.

Relationship

If you’re in a same-sex male relationship, choosing to use a surrogate can offer a way to be biologically tied to your child. Sperm can be used from you or your partner along with donated eggs and the services of a surrogate. The result is a blessing that many people thought was unattainable.


Choosing the Right Agency

Choosing the right agency to work with will be one of the first steps in your adoption or surrogacy journey. When you’re trying to decide who to work with its important that you do your research. For a surrogacy agency, consider things like, what requirements must their surrogates meet? What kind of services and support do they provide? For adoption agencies, make sure they are focused on what is best for the child, openly answer your questions and are transparent in how the process works.

If you’re ready to learn more about surrogacy as your path to parenthood, Above & Beyond Surrogacy is ready to answer all of your questions. We offer a way for all couples to attain their dream of having a family. Contact us today!