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Surrogacy vs Adoption: What You Need to Know

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Are you considering expanding your family but unsure whether surrogacy or adoption is the right path for you? Choosing the right method to bring a new member into your family is a deeply personal decision, filled with many complex factors to consider. At Delivering Dreams International Surrogacy Agency, we understand the significance of making an informed choice that aligns with your family goals, values, and circumstances. This article aims to provide a detailed comparison between surrogacy and adoption, helping you navigate this major decision with greater clarity and confidence.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction where a surrogate carries and delivers a child for another person or couple, the intended parents. At Delivering Dreams, we specialize in gestational surrogacy, which involves the implantation of an embryo created from the intended parents' or donors' genetic material into the surrogate’s uterus. This method allows one or both parents to maintain a biological connection to their child, streamlining legal processes concerning parental rights.

Delivering Dreams ensures a supportive journey for both surrogates and intended parents, guiding them through every step from matching to post-birth. Our approach prioritizes the health and well-being of the surrogate while actively involving the intended parents in the pregnancy, fostering a fulfilling and transparent surrogacy experience.

Understanding Adoption

Adoption is a process where individuals or couples legally assume the parenting responsibilities for a child whose biological parents are unable or unwilling to care for them. This method offers a chance for children to have a stable family environment and for adoptive parents to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Adoption does not provide a genetic link between the child and the adoptive parents, which can introduce unique emotional dynamics during and after the adoption process.

The adoption journey includes several steps: 

  • selecting an adoption agency, 
  • undergoing a comprehensive home study, 
  • getting matched with a child, 
  • legally finalizing the adoption. 

Each of these stages requires careful consideration and preparation, ensuring that both the child’s and the adoptive parents’ needs are met effectively and compassionately.

The presence of a genetic link is a significant factor in the decision between surrogacy and adoption. In gestational surrogacy, the embryo implanted in the surrogate may be created from the intended parents' sperm and eggs, allowing for a biological connection with the child. This biological link can simplify many aspects of the surrogacy process, including the legal establishment of parental rights, and is often a compelling reason for choosing surrogacy over adoption.

Conversely, in adoption, there is no genetic relationship between the adoptive parents and the child. This lack of biological connection can influence various elements, from the child’s physical resemblance to their parents to certain legal and emotional aspects of the adoption process. Despite this, many adoptive parents find deep fulfillment in forming a family bond that transcends genetics.

The legal processes in surrogacy and adoption are markedly different and come with their own sets of emotional implications. In surrogacy, the intended parents generally establish legal parenthood before the birth through contracts that are signed with the surrogate, securing their parental rights as soon as the baby is born. This legal certainty often provides emotional peace of mind to the intended parents, knowing that the surrogate has agreed to her role and the terms are clear from the outset.

In contrast, adoption involves legal risks and uncertainties that can be emotionally challenging. The adoption process only becomes legally binding after the birth of the child, when the birth parents formally consent to relinquish their parental rights, which they can withdraw at any point up until then. This potential for birth parents to change their minds can create a significant emotional strain on adoptive parents during the waiting period.

Cost Comparison

The financial aspects of surrogacy and adoption differ significantly and can influence the decision-making process for many families. Surrogacy generally involves higher costs due to the medical procedures required, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer, as well as compensation for the surrogate’s time, effort, and medical risks. These costs can vary widely but tend to be substantial, making surrogacy a more expensive option overall.

However, surrogacy in Ukraine, offered by Delivering Dreams, presents a unique advantage. Not only does it feature the highest standards of medical care and support, but it is also more affordable compared to similar services in the United States. This cost-effectiveness, combined with exceptional medical quality and comprehensive support, makes Delivering Dreams a compelling choice for many international clients seeking surrogacy services.

Adoption costs can also vary, depending on whether it is domestic or international, the agency involved, and the specific circumstances of the adoption. While typically less expensive than surrogacy, adoption still requires significant investment in terms of agency fees, legal costs, and potential travel expenses. However, adoption may offer more financial assistance options, such as grants or tax credits, which are not available for surrogacy, making it a more accessible option for some families.

Matching and Screening Processes

The matching and screening processes for surrogacy and adoption differ in their approaches and objectives. In surrogacy, the match between the intended parents and the surrogate is typically highly coordinated by agencies like Delivering Dreams. This involves thorough screenings including health examinations, psychological assessments, and background checks to ensure that the surrogate can safely and responsibly carry the pregnancy. Additionally, intended parents and surrogates are carefully matched based on compatibility in terms of expectations, communication preferences, and legal agreements.

In adoption, the matching process is generally led by the birth mother’s preferences in selecting a family for her child, based on their profiles and her criteria for a suitable family. This process can be less predictable and is often emotionally charged, as birth mothers review multiple profiles before making a decision. Furthermore, adoptive parents undergo rigorous home studies and background checks to ensure a safe and stable environment for the child, but they have less control over the matching process compared to surrogacy.

Duration and Waiting Times

The time frame from beginning to end can vary greatly between surrogacy and adoption. Surrogacy involves a series of medical procedures that need to be timed and coordinated, such as hormone treatments, egg retrieval, and embryo transfer. After a successful pregnancy begins, the duration until birth is relatively predictable. However, the preliminary stages, including medical and psychological screenings of the surrogate, can extend the timeline, depending on the specifics of each case.

Adoption wait times can be highly variable and unpredictable. The duration of the adoption process depends on several factors, including the availability of children up for adoption, the legal requirements of the countries involved in international adoptions, and the particularities of each adoption agency’s process. For some families, this can mean a waiting period of several months to several years, making the emotional and logistical planning aspects challenging to manage.

Control and Involvement

Surrogacy offers a high level of control and involvement for the intended parents throughout the pregnancy. With legal agreements clearly outlining each party’s roles and responsibilities, intended parents can often be involved in key decisions such as the choice of medical professionals, the birth plan, and other pregnancy-related aspects. This involvement not only strengthens the bond with the surrogate but also ensures that the intended parents are an integral part of the pregnancy journey, providing a sense of security and connection from the outset.

In contrast, adoption often presents less opportunity for control and involvement in the pregnancy. Adoptive parents typically find themselves in a more reactive position, depending largely on the decisions and conditions set by the birth mother and the adoption agency. While open and semi-open adoptions can offer some degree of interaction during the pregnancy, these arrangements vary greatly and can change, leaving adoptive parents with less certainty and direct influence over prenatal conditions and care.

Concluding Thoughts

Deciding between surrogacy and adoption is a complex choice that involves weighing various personal, emotional, and financial factors. Surrogacy may appeal to those seeking a biological connection and greater control over the pregnancy process, while adoption can be a fulfilling path for those open to embracing a child regardless of genetic ties. Each route offers its unique challenges and rewards, and the right choice depends on individual circumstances and priorities.

It's essential for prospective parents to carefully consider their desires, resources, and long-term family goals when choosing between these two paths. Consulting with professionals such as those at Delivering Dreams can provide valuable insights and support, helping to navigate the intricacies of each option. Ultimately, whether through surrogacy or adoption, the journey to parenthood is a profound and life-changing experience that builds families and fulfills dreams.

Ready to Start Your Family?

Are you ready to take the next step on your journey to parenthood? At Delivering Dreams International Surrogacy Agency, we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Whether surrogacy or adoption feels like the right path for you, our team of experts is here to provide the guidance and care you need to make an informed decision. Contact us today for a free initial consultation, and let us help you explore your options in a supportive and understanding environment. Start your family-building journey with Delivering Dreams, where your dreams of becoming a parent can become a reality. Reach out now and let us guide you toward the future you’ve always envisioned.

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I am very satisfied with the medical services. Coordinator Lyubov was always in touch, answered any questions quickly and clearly, and helped in any difficult situations. The level of personal support and genuine concern for my health and well-being was 100 percent. I am very pleased that I am going through the surrogacy program with this agency. I feel protected and confident. I really like the attitude of the agency, timely payments, and the curator and manager make sure that pregnant girl...
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Olga T.
I am very pleased to meet such beautiful and kind people Hello everyone, I'm Myroslava and I'm going through my SM program at the Delivering Dreams agency. I want to express a big thank you to the girls who cooperate with me, who worry about my condition, who are always in touch, and who always support me - Omelchuk Lyubov and Anna Levchenko. I've already been to a program and therefore I have something to compare it with, this agency and the staff are at the highest level. And also the doct...
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Hallo Oksana,  vielen Dank für Deine ausführliche Erklärung. Wir haben alles gut verstanden. Das zeichnet due Arbeit von Euch und Eurem Ärzteteam aus. So kann man gut vertrauen. Hello Oksana, Thank you very much for your detailed explanation. We understood everything well. This is what distinguishes the work of you and your medical team. This is a good way to trust.
German couple
One of the best teams and my program! Hello! I want to share my experience and my impression of my program, one of the best programs, and the team from the Delivering Dreams Agency! Great attitude, attentive staff, responsible! Always in touch 24/7! Lyubov Omelchuk is a wonderful person, she was with me from the first minute of implantation until the end of the entire program! I am grateful that Lyubov was always with me! People of their word! Staff who never let you down! I highly recommend...
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Anna Priazhnikova
DD is outstanding We have just returned home to California with our beautiful daughter who was born in Lviv. The Delivering Dreams team made our trip so easy and straightforward. From our arrival to Ukraine to our departure, they had everything covered. The constant communication from the team is amazing. All of our paperwork for the embassy was properly prepared and organized. I cannot recommend them enough, we are even thinking about having another baby with DD!
Andrey Frenkel
Thank you very much Dear Oksana, Thank you very much for the great news. We still can't believe it and are totally speechless. The work you do under these difficult conditions cannot be put into words. Thank you very much for that. Liebe Oksana, vielen Dank für die super schöne Neuigkeit. Wir können es noch gar nicht glauben und sind total sprachlos. Was Ihr für eine Arbeit leistet, unter den schweren Bedingungen,  kann man nicht in Worte fassen. Vielen herzlichen Dank dafür.
Couple from Germany
Very friendly, pleasant team I am very grateful to the international surrogacy agency Delivering Dreams for such a short period of experience that dispelled all doubts and the remains of incomprehensible questions that were before and during this program, but I had a wonderful curator Lyuba who did not leave me for a second even on distances?❤️ This is how experienced, pleasant, kind woman you want to go to the program at least immediately after finishing the first one! Very friendly, pleasa...
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Thank you for the wonderful experience and the opportunity to help future parents. I also want to thank Lyubov Omelchuk (Delivering Dreams) for her kindness and empathy, she was always in touch throughout the program, especially since the rehabilitation course is based on the supervision and advice of the curator. My worries about the procedure were in vain because everything went perfectly, thanks to the 24/7 support of the curator and qualified doctors Дякую за чудовий досвід, та змогу...
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I recommend this agency. I was a surrogate mother in this agency, I really liked everything. The doctors treated me well and explained everything clearly. Curator Lyuba and Anya are always in touch and answer all questions, always supporting. I recommend this agency. Я була сур мама в цьому агентство, мені все дуже сподобалося лікарі гарно відносяться, розповідають все доступно. Куратор Люба і Аня завжди на зв'язку і відповідать на всі запитання, завжди підтримують. Рекомендую це агентство.
Thank you very much for worrying about me.  I really want to start the program at Delivery Dreams agency. The doctors here are extraordinary. Coordinator Lyubov is also extraordinary, always in touch and worries about me. After the hysteroscopy, Lyubochka is on the phone with me 24/7. Thank you very much for worrying about me. I hope that my program will start soon and I will present the baby to the biological parents. Thank you for being there!?? Я дуже хочу почати програму в агенстві De...
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Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.


Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.