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smoothly, and one of the parties will have to assume these administrative responsibilities unless they hire an attorney or other entity to do so.


Another way to find a surrogate is to surf the various websites on the Internet and find a surrogate who is individually marketing herself to intended parents. Finding a surrogate on the Internet has the advantage of significantly increasing the number of potential candidates that the parents can consider. If the surrogate's egg will be used, this allows the parents to more easily select a surrogate who shares certain physical characteristics with one of the intended parents if that is important to them. They can also select a surrogate who has no prior or ongoing relationship with their family, thereby permitting a more "anonymous" process if that is the parents' preference. The Internet also expands the geographic scope of the search for a surrogate, which is especially important for parents who live in a state where surrogacy is limited or banned. These parents can then look for a surrogate in a state where third-party reproduction is permitted since the law of the state in which the surrogate resides normally governs the outcome of the process, not the law of the state where the parents reside. In addition, this type of search allows parents to find a surrogate without incurring the additional fee typically charged by agencies who offer to match them with a surrogate.


With these benefits come certain disadvantages. Surrogates who advertise on the Internet are typically in close communication with other surrogates on the Internet in various chat rooms. They are educated on the "market rate" for their services and often charge premium fees for their services (currently around $25,000.00 or more). The motivation for these candidates is usually more financial than altruistic, and this may make the process feel more like a business transaction than warm, cooperative family-building. Furthermore, these surrogates have usually not been screened to determine their suitability for third-party reproduction, so the potential for them to fail the screening and delay the process still exists. If inadequate screening is done, these candidates are the


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