How Much Does It Cost to Find a Surrogate Mother?

Finding a surrogate means that you are incredibly close to starting the life you've been dreaming of. Learn how we help you match faster below.

Finding a surrogate means that one day very soon, you can have the baby you have been dreaming of. 

Finding a surrogate mother and bringing yourself one step closer to become a parent can take just a few weeks to get started.

You can get a full breakdown of costs here, contact a surrogacy professional now, or keep reading below.

How Much Does it Cost to Find a Surrogate Mother?

If you’re looking for a surrogate, you may have come across surrogates advertising themselves online at a low cost or for free. When it comes to finding a surrogate, it’s crucial to recognize that finding a quality match will never be free.

Valuable services are involved in ensuring a qualified surrogate match, and these services come with associated expenses and at some agencies, that means wait times are long. At American Surrogacy, you can be matched with a surrogate in weeks.

At American Surrogacy, we keep your wait times low by investing your money into matching you with the best surrogates:


Our costs allow us to market to a broader network of potential surrogates. This expanded pool increases the chances of finding a compatible match promptly. We actively recruit and connect with surrogates who are qualified and excited to help you have the family you’ve always dreamed of.

This keeps wait times low by enabling us to maintain a balanced number of intended parents and surrogates.


We invest in a thorough screening process for our surrogates that helps protect your family. The expenses incurred during this process contribute to the precision of the match.

We assess potential surrogates’ physical health, emotional well-being, lifestyle and suitability. By meticulously evaluating candidates, we can identify your perfect match.  Our requirements and screening standards are based off of standards set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

This screening is done before you are matched, which reduces your wait time and means that you will have a surrogate ready shortly after joining our agency.

With surrogates ready, our experienced surrogacy specialists can help you find a great surrogate match. The matching process is incredibly important, and it takes experience to know what matches will work and what matches are more likely to be successful.

Parent Protection Fee

In addition to covering everything needed for finding a surrogate, our parent protection fee allows you unlimited matching at no extra cost, for as many embryo transfers as you need. You can also be refunded for marketing, matching, IP legal, insurance fees, and used surrogate compensation if your journey is unsuccessful.

Can I Find a Surrogate Mother for Free?

The cost of finding a surrogate may lead you to wonder about how to find a “cheap” surrogate or where to find a free surrogate mother.

While it is possible in some cases to find a surrogate mother “for free” or reduce costs in surrogacy, it can be a path that leads you to risky or unsuccessful outcomes.

Free or cheap rarely is associated with quality, and with surrogacy, finding a surrogate for free or cheap may mean forgoing important medical screening as well as background checks, personality fit, and more. This can mean you may be vulnerable to scammers or have a hard time finding a viable, compatible match.

What If I Found a Surrogate Already? (Identified Surrogacy)
If you’re excited about surrogacy and have found someone you know or through networking, our agency can help you in what is called identified surrogacy.

Identified surrogacy allows intended parents to work with a surrogate they already know, such as a close friend or family member. While some choose this route independently, it’s still beneficial to involve a surrogacy agency. Here’s why:

  • Legal Guidance: Even with a pre-existing relationship, legal aspects remain crucial. An agency ensures that contracts protect both parties’ rights, outline responsibilities, and address compensation terms. Legal professionals navigate the complexities, safeguarding everyone involved.
  • Medical Coordination: Agencies coordinate medical care seamlessly. Regular check-ups, prenatal care, and monitoring are essential during pregnancy. With an agency’s support, the surrogate receives proper care, and intended parents stay informed about the process.
  • Emotional Support: Surrogacy can be emotionally intense. Agencies offer counseling services, helping surrogates and intended parents cope with feelings, expectations, and the unique dynamics of their relationship.
  • Efficiency: Agencies streamline administrative tasks, paperwork, and communication. Even with an identified surrogate, their expertise ensures a smoother journey.