SURROGACY FOR INTENDED PARENTS
Becoming a Parent
Welcome to the Vermont Surrogacy Network, the first matching organization based in Vermont, and tailored to the needs of families seeking personalized matching and support services for gestational surrogacy arrangements. The Burlington area has medical facilities to carry out gestational surrogacy procedures, and Vermont and New England have many carriers who want to use this exciting process to help intended parents build their families. Unfortunately, until now Vermont carriers in particular have had to go to out-of-state organizations for matching purposes. We encourage intended parents from anywhere in the world to apply, but we focus our recruiting efforts for gestational carriers on Vermont (one of the healthiest states in the country) and New England. This will allow us to provide personalized attention to the specific needs of our clients, and allow face-to-face contact without clients driving hours to a major metropolitan area. While the organization is new, its founders have many years of experience in the field, and they look forward to putting their knowledge and passion for building families through gestational surrogacy to work for you. Contact us today to learn more.
There are five phases to outline in the Surrogacy Process for Intended Parents: Application, Matching, Screening, Contracts and IVF Cycle. Vermont Surrogacy Network staff will explain in great detail the requirements of each step and guide you throughout the duration of your surrogacy experience.
Upon submitting the Getting Started inquiry through our website or emailing us directly, we will send you an introductory email and invitation to schedule a call with us at your convenience. During this call, you will have the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about our organization and gestational surrogacy program. We will discuss with you our process, ethical and emotional components of surrogacy, as well as financial expectations and fee structure. If you are interested in moving forward with our organization, we will send you our fee agreement and that of VSN Escrow Company, LLC for your review and signature. Once we have received these signed agreements and your initial fees, you will receive an email with login instructions for our VSN Portal, were you will have access to our full online application. At anytime, if you have any questions or need assistance with completing the application, please reach out to us and we will gladly assist you.
Once you have completed the full application, we will begin processing your forms and contact you if we need additional information.
The application includes:
- Intended Parent Application
- Medical Records Release
- Criminal Background Check (which you will receive a separate email to complete)
- Copy of Legal Identification (license, passport, etc.)
- Photos of you and your family (for matching process)
Once your application has been processed by Vermont Surrogacy Network staff, you will be contacted to schedule a face-to-face final review meeting, which can be at our office or through a video conference. During the final review meeting, we will review the Intended Parent application with you, and answer any questions you have at that time about the next steps. Once the interview is completed, your matching profile will be created and Vermont Surrogacy Network staff will begin the matching process.
There are three steps to the Matching Process: Profile Exchange; First Contact-Telephone Call and Face-to-Face Meeting.
Vermont Surrogacy Network matches Gestational Surrogates and Intended Parents based on the criteria individually identified in the applications from both parties. Once we have identified a suitable match, the Intended parents are sent the Gestational Surrogate’s profile. The profile does not contain identifying information, aside from a first name and photo. The Intended Parents have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Gestational Surrogate, through Vermont Surrogacy Network.
If the Intended Parents are interested in pursuing the match, the Gestational Surrogate will be sent the profile of the Intended Parent. Gestational Surrogates then have the same opportunity to further inquire about the Intended Parents through Vermont Surrogacy Network.
If the Gestational Surrogate agrees to the match, Vermont Surrogacy Network matching staff will schedule a First Contact Phone Call between the Intended Parent and Gestational Surrogate. Both parties will be advised about discussion topics they should cover, as well as those to avoid during the first conversation. Upon completion of the First Contact Phone Call, we ask both parties to contact us within the next business day to determine if it is truly a fitting match on both sides.
If both parties agree, Vermont Surrogacy Network matching staff will notify the Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogate and recommend they schedule a time to meet Face-to-Face within the next 1 to 2 weeks. The Face-to-Face meeting can be performed via Skype or FaceTime depending on the travel distance and time constraints of both parties, however we encourage all parties meet in person whenever possible. The meeting will assist both parties in determining if they feel they will be able to work together and meet each other’s needs/expectations throughout the surrogacy process. Once again, at the conclusion of the Face-to-Face meeting we ask that both parties contact Vermont Surrogacy Network within the next 1-2 business days, in order to confirm or reject the match. If both parties agree it is a good match, you are considered officially "matched" and ready to move on to the screening phase.
At the screening phase, the Vermont Surrogacy Network sends the Gestational Surrogate's information released to the IVF clinic you have chosen, in order to pre-screen her medical and pregnancy history prior to scheduling the screening at the clinic. The IVF clinic requires the Gestational Carrier to complete their questionnaire and may request past test results or further testing, such as an annual physical and Pap smear.
All clinics require standardized psychological testing for the carrier, in order to ensure the carrier is emotionally prepared for the journey and the experience of being a gestational carrier.
Gestational Surrogates will be tested for STD’s, undergo a uterine evaluation and other testes dependent on the IVF clinic policy. The Gestational Surrogate and their partner and you, the Intended Parents, will be asked by the clinic or the Vermont Surrogacy Network to meet separately with a social worker or psychologist in order to discuss the surrogacy process, and to be sure that all parties are suitable candidates for a gestational surrogacy arrangement. Once everyone has met with the social worker or psychologist separately, you will have a combined meeting.
Every match must have a legal contract drafted by a qualified professional before proceeding to the IVF phase. All clinics require the contract to be executed by all parties prior to the initiation of the medical procedures. As the Intended Parent, you may elect to use Kurt M. Hughes of Murdoch Hughes & Twarog, P.C. as your attorney or select an independent attorney of your choice to represent you throughout contract negotiations. It is critical that the attorney you select be experienced in the drafting of gestational surrogacy contracts.
You will be provided a Gestational Carrier Agreement prepared by your attorney with your input. Your attorney will guide you through the entire Agreement, in order to make any changes you require and answer any questions you might have. Your attorney will then submit your amended Agreement to the Gestational Surrogate’s attorney, so that a final draft can be negotiated.
Once a mutual agreement has been met, the contract can be signed. All clinics require that the contracts be executed before the IVF cycle can begin. For this reason the contract phase is initiated as soon as possible after a match has been made, and this can usually be accomplished simultaneously with the final screening phase.
Time to celebrate, you’re almost there! At this point the gestational carrier has completed all necessary requirements and has been cleared to proceed to the IVF transfer!
The IVF Clinic will establish a protocol for the gestational carrier to prepare her body to be a carrier, along with synchronizing cycles with you (depending on the type of transfer to occur). The IVF clinic will establish a transfer date at this time. The IVF cycle typically lasts between 3-6 weeks. Vermont Surrogacy Network will continue to play an active role during the IVF cycle, in order to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
At this time, your contact with the Gestational Carrier tends to increase with all of the excitement as your transfer day grows near! We encourage you to communicate with the Gestational Carrier on a regular basis, as you will be going through the next 9 months together. Vermont Surrogacy Network will continue to support you throughout the pregnancy and beyond, with continued communication, logistical and emotional support.
At 2-3 months prior to the Big Day, we will contact your surrogate to begin putting together a pre-birth delivery plan. At this point in the pregnancy, everyone is beginning to anticipate what the delivery and post-delivery may look like. We want to help you be prepared by walking through the steps of how she would like to see the events unfold, including who is in the delivery room, when they are in the delivery room, etc.
Once we have this information from her, we then share it with you to ensure everyone is comfortable with the plan and add any additional changes or requests you may have. We feel this is a very important step, as it helps all parties to be prepared for the delivery and each other's hopes and expectations.
You will also be contacted by your attorney around this time to begin the legal process for the pre-birth order, to ensure it is in place at the time of the delivery.
Estimated Surrogacy Costs
Vermont Surrogacy Network Fee
|First Installment Network Fee||$10,000|
|Second Installment Network Fee||$10,000|
Network fees include initial screening of gestational carriers, profile matching and initial communication between Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogates, up to three matches (if necessary). Fees include assisting in locating an IVF clinic if you are not currently working with a clinic, communications with the IVF clinic of your choosing, assisting in scheduling appointments and making travel arrangements for the Gestational Surrogate. Network fees also include continued support for Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogate from first contact to post-delivery.
|Home Study/Social Work Evaluation||$750|
|Intended Parents attorney fees||$3,000-$6,000|
|- Includes drafting gestational surrogacy contract|
|- Includes birth certificate|
|- Includes Carrier insurance review|
|Gestational Surrogates attorney fees||- $1,000-$2,500|
VSN Escrow trust account management
|VSN Escrow trust account management||$2,000-$2,500|
|- Escrow deposit due upon signing - $20,000|
|- Escrow reviewed once contracts with the GS are signed, at the end of 1st And 2nd trimesters for replenishment as needed.|
Gestational Surrogate Reimbursements / Expenses
|Base reimbursement for first time carrier||- $35,000|
|Paid over 8 months after confirmation of pregnancy|
*Further potential costs can be viewed on Gestational Surrogate Reimbursement page. These expenses are only estimates. Gestational Surrogate reimbursements are negotiated during the contract phase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What makes the Vermont Surrogacy Network (VSN) different than other matching entities?
A: Our organization provides individualized, supportive and responsive services for all of our clients, intended parents and gestational surrogates. We pride ourselves on our fast response time and personal communication.
Q: What is included in the fees paid to the Vermont Surrogacy Network?
A: The fees include the initial screening of both the gestational carrier and the intended parents, coordinating the matching process until a compatible match is made, helping to locate and facilitate appointments with the appropriate medical providers, answering questions and providing support every step of the way from your initial application through finalizing the process after the birth. A formal agreement will spell out the provided services in more detail.
Q: What is not included in the fees paid to the Vermont Surrogacy Network?
A: The fee does not include any reimbursements to the gestational carrier, medical and legal expenses. The Vermont Surrogacy Network will give you an estimate of those additional expenses, with the understanding that it can only be an estimate as every case is different. All reimbursements to the gestational carrier will be managed through a VSN Escrow account.
Q: Does the Vermont Surrogacy Network provide legal services?
A: No. It is important to understand that while Kurt M. Hughes, one of the principals of VSN, is an attorney, the network does not provide legal advice, and communications with VSN are not protected by the attorney client privilege. Intended parents may hire Mr. Hughes’ firm to provide legal services, but they are not required to do so. Gestational Carriers will be referred to independent legal counsel at the expense of the intended parents.
Q: Why shouldn’t we just do this on our own?
A: Some people do use the internet, local advertising and word-of- mouth to locate a gestational carrier, and navigate the legal and medical processes on their own. With VSN, however, gestational carriers are located and prescreened before the matching process even begins. Also, the logistical and emotional support that VSN can provide throughout the process can provide a peace of mind that cannot be secured by any “do-it-yourself” methods. With the complex patchwork of medical, legal and social providers to navigate, VSN can help you put the pieces together so you can concentrate on building your family.
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RESOLVE New England
Since 1974, RESOLVE New England has been the leading voice and progressive driving force connecting the New England community on the many paths to parenthood.
Welcome to RESOLVE New England, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Waltham, Massachusetts serving the infertility community in the greater New England region, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
At RESOLVE New England, we understand very personally the complexities of the infertility journey. Our personal connections to infertility drive our organization’s commitment to providing infertility patients with support, education and advocacy. As a trusted, unbiased leader in the New England infertility community, we support the professional development and comprehensive networking of infertility and adoption professionals within the region.
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American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.
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Dr. Peter Casson
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Dr. Casson is a nationally recognized researcher, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, multiple chapters, and long stints of NIH funding. His areas of expertise are Infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and androgens in women. In conjunction with Dr. Murray, Dr. Casson founded Northeastern Reproductive Medicine to focus on providing excellent, personal, compassionate, and affordable care to patients in Vermont and upstate New York. Dr. Casson is Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care for 15 years and was the REI Division Director for 5 years. As part of a national, multi-center Reproductive Medicine Network, Dr. Casson was instrumental in ground-breaking research including PCOS and primary infertility. To learn more about his recent work in the PPCOS II trial, click here. Dr Casson was recently elected to represent Vermont on the Executive Committee of the New England Fertility Society.
Dr. Christine Murray
B.A., M.D., FACOG, FRCS(C)
Dr. Murray is a Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility (REI) Specialist has spent 15 years in Vermont as an Academic Physician involved with the training of medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Murray has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Human Reproduction, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fertility and Sterility. She underwent OB/GYN residency training at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. From 1999-2014, Dr. Murray worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care and was an Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Murray became Residency Program Director in 2004 and held that position for 8 years. Along with Dr. Casson, Dr. Murray decided to open NRM to bring affordable, comfortable care to patients in a warm environment. She specializes in IVF, robotic surgery, PCOS, and provides care to French-speaking patients. Dr. Murray was elected by her peers to serve on the HealthFirst Board Of Directors from 2014-2017, leading the effort to provide Vermonters community-based, accessible, effective, and personalized medical care.
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M.D., M.B.A., FACOG
Dr. Brown is a Board-Certified REI physician who joined the NRM family in January of 2015. Dr. Brown attended medical school at the University of Colorado and OB/GYN residency at St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, CO. During her residency, Dr. Brown co-authored research performed at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) in the areas of egg and embryo vitrification. While performing this research, Dr. Brown realized she could invest in her own future fertility, and have some sense of reproductive security by freezing her own eggs for potential future use. Today she works to educate the community about the option of Fertility Preservation for reproductive-age patients diagnosed with cancer and preparing for chemotherapy, or for women delaying conception for personal or social reasons. Dr. Brown completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Fletcher Allen Health Care, where she performed research in PCOS, which was published and presented at national meetings. She then moved with her family to Denver, Colorado, where she worked at CCRM from 2012-2014, expanding her infertility practice and learning a tremendous amount by treating complex patients from all over the world. Dr. Brown specializes in reproductive surgery, Fertility Preservation, PCOS, and IVF with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Dr. Brown was elected by reproductive endocrinologists across New England to be the President of the New England Fertility Society in 2019; she currently sits as the president-elect. Dr Brown was also elected by her peers in 2018 to represent independent practitioners in Vermont as an executive board member of Health First. Health First leads the medical community to provide Vermonters community-based, accessible, effective, and personalized medical care.
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Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA)
The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) provides a credentialed presence in the law of family formation and is the largest professional organization of its type. AAAA and its attorneys are dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and ART law, advocating for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and ART, and the rights of all interested parties including birth parents, adoptive parents, surrogates, donors, and intended parents.
Murdoch, Hughes, Twarog and Tarnelli P.C.
For over 20 years, Kurt M. Hughes has been assisting families with the legal aspects of adoption and assisted fertility, including gestational surrogacy and gamete and embryo donation, and he recently launched Vermont’s first local surrogacy matching organization. In 2015, Kurt was recognized by Vermont Senator Patrick J. Leahy as an Angel in Adoption™ at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). He is also selected by his peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers in the area of family law.
Kurt was one of the first Vermont lawyers to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the first Vermont lawyer to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), invitation-only national associations of attorneys who practice or have otherwise distinguished themselves in the fields of adoption and ART law, now known as the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA).
Kurt is passionate about helping clients to build their families, and he gives personal, individualized attention to each and every case. Kurt has helped hundreds of families provide legally secure homes for their children, and is happy to answer any questions you may have to start the process. Kurt is excited to have associate, Michelle A. Tarnelli, join the firm’s adoption and assisted fertility team.
131 Main St.
P.O. Box 363
Burlington, VT 05402
Upon submitting the preliminary application on this website, you will be contacted by Kurt M. Hughes. He will answer any questions you might have about Vermont Surrogacy Network and becoming an Intended Parent through our program. If you decide to proceed, you will be sent an application and Intended Parent packet.