Roger Hunt would have hated these ladies, so let’s give a big welcome to Dakota Surrogacy, a Sioux Falls company “dedicated to helping singles, infertile couples and the LGBT community receive this precious gift” of parenthood.
Traci Boyle of Harrisburg and Sioux City attorney Emilee Boyle Gehling filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State to create Dakota Surrogacy last week. Boyle Gehling was also named Mrs. Iowa International last week; In her pageant profile, she indicates she’s a good Christian, so helping men and women in any marital condition must be part of God’s calling. Hear hear!
Dakota Surrogacy helps fill the gap created by our show-Christian Legislature’s permission to adoption agencies to discriminate against willing parents’ failure to be Christian enough.
Do you work with gay partners?
We proudly help all loving couples build loving families and are happy to work with gay, lesbian, and transgender couples, partners, and individuals.
Do you work with single or unmarried individuals?
Yes, we are happy to work with an individual regardless of their relationship status [Dakota Surrogacy, “Intended Parents FAQs,” downloaded 2018.12.25].
But take-out is much more expensive than homemade:
GESTATIONAL CARRIER FEES
Gestational Carrier fees are held in an escrow account and include:
Baseline compensation for a 1st time surrogate: paid in equal monthly installments after ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy $30,000 Baseline compensation for an experienced surrogate: paid in equal monthly installments after ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy $35,000 Embryo transfer $500 Monthly stipend for miscellaneous expenses: $200/month, estimated 15 months $3,000 Maternity clothing allowance (singleton / multiples) $500/$750 Gestational Carrier Fee Total: $34,000 – $46,250 estimated
GESTATIONAL CARRIER AND INTENDED PARENT NON-MEDICAL SCREENING FEES
In depth screening of Gestational Carrier and Partner (if applicable): criminal background check(s), psychological evaluation, home visit, pre-match expenses, GC travel, GC insurance, coordination of match meeting(s) and professional independent review of the Gestational Carrier’s health insurance policy. Also includes criminal background check(s) of Intended Parents. Fee is payable to Dakota Surrogacy and is due upon execution of our Agency Agreement. Non-Medical Screening Fees Total: $3,000 estimated
TRUST ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT FEES
All fees not payable directly to Dakota Surrogacy are held in escrow by a licensed and independent escrow agent. The escrow agent charges a flat fee of $700 plus $10 per check issued from the account. Escrow agent processes all payments and reimbursements to your Gestational Carrier and will provide you with a monthly account statement. Escrow / Trust Account Management Fee: $1,000 estimated
PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY EXPENSES
Intended Parents are responsible for all pregnancy, prenatal and delivery related medical fees not covered by insurance. Amount will vary depending on the insurance policy and medical circumstances. An average is listed below. Pregnancy and Delivery Uncovered Expenses: $5,000 estimated
Our in house attorney generally drafts all surrogate contracts for our program. Intended Parents are responsible for their attorney fees, as well as those of the Gestational Carrier. Intended Parents Legal Counsel (For contract review & negotiation contract, parentage proceedings, etc.) $3,000 – $7,000 Gestational Carrier Legal Counsel (For contract review & negotiation contract, parentage proceedings, etc.) $3,000 – $7,000 Legal Fees Total: $4,000 – $10,000 estimated
DAKOTA SURROGACY AGENCY FEE
Although we work hard to keep our fee low, our comprehensive services still include everything you’ll need for a successful surrogacy journey, including: locating and fully screening outstanding Gestational Carriers, facilitating match meetings, home visits, coordinating with legal counsel, clinics and other industry professionals, postpartum support for Carriers and Parents, and support of you and your Gestational Carrier every step of the way. First Installment, due upon execution of Agency Agreement $10,000 Second Installment, due upon execution of Surrogacy Contract $10,000 Dakota Surrogacy Agency Fee Total: $20,000
[Dakota Surrogacy, “Estimated Surrogacy Expenses,” downloaded 2018.12.25]
Dakota Surrogacy also lists variable expenses for medical complications, lost wages, and other maternity issues. Parenthood in general is not for the timid, but obtaining a child via surrogacy is not for the poor.
But on the supply side, if you have a womb for rent, Dakota Surrogacy gives you a pretty good deal. Base pay is $30K for first-time surrogates and $35K for experienced surrogates. Surrogates get $200 a month for expenses during and after pregnancy (about 15 months total). Conceiving twins is a bonus: each additional fetus is worth $5,000. But don’t come to Dakota Surrogacy just looking for a paycheck:
We seek out surrogates who are interested in more than just a financial gain. Oftentimes these women see surrogacy as a way to help a family in need. These are strong, caring, and reliable women! All of our surrogates and their spouses/partners must pass a criminal background check before we even consider them for surrogacy. Someone from our agency will also interview them and their partner/spouse to ensure that the surrogate has a stable and healthy home life. Our surrogates are also all mothers who have a proven ability to carry a healthy pregnancy to term [Dakota Surrogacy, “Intended Parents FAQs,” downloaded 2018.12.25].
If surrogacy is out of your price range, South Dakota’s Department of Social Services directs you to AdoptUSKids.org, which lists 33 South Dakota kids among over 4,000 profiles who could use a permanent family this Christmas morning.