Surrogacy is not directly connected to adoption except in some cases and/or jurisdictions where an adoption may follow the birth. This information is a simplified presentation and is intended to provide an overview. This does not constitute and is not a substitute for medical and/or legal advice.
Surrogacy is often seen as an alternative to adoption, although adoption may be part of the process. Surrogacy occurs when a woman who is not pregnant agrees to bear a child for another/others who will parent the child. What differentiates surrogacy from designated adoption - where pregnant and adopting parents connect with one another prior to the birth and make an adoption plan - is that the surrogate, the woman who will bear the child, is not pregnant at the time a surrogacy agreement is reached.
Two Types of Surrogacy