Gestational Surrogate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is a Gestational Surrogate?
  • Do you have current Intended Parents waiting for a match?
  • What is Footsteps to Family’s role?
  • Are you an agency?
  • Do you work with surrogates from any state?
  • How much are your Gestational Surrogates compensated?
  • Where do your Intended Parents live?
  • I don’t have health insurance, is that a problem?
  • Do I need to travel for the cycle?
  • I am interested in becoming a traditional surrogate. Can you help match me?

What is a Gestational Surrogate?

A gestational surrogate is a woman who acts as a “host carrier” for a couple, or individual (referred to as the intended parents) who, due to medical or personal reasons, are unable to carry their own child. Through the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), embryos belonging to the intended parents, and which are not genetically related to the gestational surrogate, are transferred into the uterus of the surrogate.

Do you have current Intended Parents waiting for a match?

Footsteps to Family believes that the matching process between gestational surrogate and intended parents is a highly personalized process. We make every effort to match gestational surrogates whose needs and desires are in sync with those of the intended parents. While there may be a list of available surrogates, we do maintain a waiting list of parents so that we can ensure the union between the parties is a perfect fit.

What is Footsteps to Family’s role?

We can be thought of as your liaison throughout the entire process from matching, to IVF, to birth. Our responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

  • Matching our surrogates with suitable intended parents
  • Assisting both parties in obtaining independent legal counsel.
  • Collection and dispersing of all funds to the gestational surrogate, as indicated by the contract.
  • Provide travel arrangements when needed for the surrogate
  • Remain in contact with the clinic to ensure proper communication between the surrogate and the affiliated clinic
  • Locating suitable health insurance and life insurance for the surrogate
  • Provide assistance and support throughout the process
  • Communicate between the parties when issues arise to keep the relationship safe

It is our job to manage the business side of the relationship so the intended parents and the gestational surrogate can focus on the incredible journey to parenthood.

Are you an agency?

We are an agency that has been in business since 1992. The original founder of Footsteps to Family is still the owner and works hand in hand with knowledgeable, qualified, and caring staff to provide an unparalleled third party parenting experience.

How much are your Gestational Surrogates compensated?

We feel that compensation is an individual decision and as such we do not mandate what that surrogates payment should be. All surrogates are compensated at least $18,000 and experienced surrogates are able to request additional compensation.

Where do your Intended Parents live?

Our clientele come from all over the world. We have clients who live within the continental United States and international clients. Our long list of worldwide Intended Parents come from locations as diverse as London, Australia, Germany, Turkey, and Hong Kong, to name just a few. During the matching process, Footsteps to Family will disclose where your specific Intended Parents live. During the application process it is critical for the gestational surrogate to really think about how they would feel working with intended parents who do not live in the United States or close to their residence. This becomes an important factor during the matching process.

I don’t have health insurance, is that a problem?

No, this should not be an issue, depending on what state the surrogate resides. We have contacts to assist you in obtaining health insurance. The Intended Parent is responsible for the premium payments and any associated co-pays or deductibles.  If obtaining policy with maternity coverage becomes an issue, there is always the option of Surrogate Insurance.

Do I need to travel for the cycle?

Many of our Gestational Surrogates travel for the IVF cycle in order to be monitored by the cycling physician a few days prior to the embryo transfer. A timeframe for such travel will be discussed with you prior to your commitment to the cycle. Footsteps to Family will take care of all your travel arrangements and accommodations per your negotiated contract while you are away from home.

Do you work with surrogates from any state?

No, because surrogacy is illegal in some states, we are not able to work with surrogates who live in the following states:

  • Washington
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Michigan
  • Louisiana
  • New Hampshire
  • Arizona

I am interested in becoming a traditional surrogate. Can you help match me?

At this time we only work with gestational surrogates who will have no genetic tie to the child that they are carrying.


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