In this article, we will explain the egg donor-intended parent legal agreement, as well as provide you with a more detailed explanation of what to expect during the legal agreement process.
What is an Egg Donor-Intended Parent Legal Agreement?
First, congratulations! You’ve recently been matched for your first egg donation cycle and have successfully completed your medical screening, and you’ve probably discovered that you will soon be entering into a legal agreement with your hopeful parents.
The egg donor-intended parent legal agreement between you and your hopeful parents is a document put into place to protect the best interests for each of you, and outlines all the important aspects of the egg donation arrangement. To help familiarize you with the agreement ahead of time, below we’ve provided you with the most important provisions you’ll see in the agreement. Note that this list of provisions is not comprehensive; rather, it is a general list to give you an idea of what to expect.
Egg Donor Compensation
The egg donor compensation you receive, as well as the timing of payment for your compensation, will be outlined in the egg donor-intended parent legal agreement. In addition, financial provisions resulting from a cycle cancellation or a cycle being re-scheduled will also be addressed.
Egg Donor Travel Costs
Your hopeful parents are financially obligated to cover your travel expenses as follows: your airline travel (screening and egg retrieval), your companion’s airline travel (egg retrieval), your hotel accommodations, a daily food stipend, a daily ground transportation stipend, as well as cycle-related incidental expenses (mileage, airport parking, airline baggage fees).
Availability and Black-out Dates
The egg donor-intended parent legal agreement will address the timeline for the egg retrieval and any required travel. Specifically, if you’ve established egg donation cycle dates in advance (such as having committed to an egg donation cycle during a school break), or have restricted dates due to other obligations (black-out dates), this will be detailed in your agreement.
Ownership and Control of the Eggs
Your egg donor-intended parent legal agreement will assert language designating parental rights to your hopeful parents for all eggs retrieved on egg retrieval day.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Your egg donor-intended parent legal agreement will contain provisions regarding privacy and confidentiality.
Your egg donor-intended parent legal agreement will outline provisions for future contact, and will specify if your cycle will be anonymous or known. Within this section of an anonymous donation, you and your hopeful parents will address contact for medical purposes, as well as justified reasons for contact (through clinic or agency) in the event a child has questions. Further, provisions regarding the notification of the birth of a child will be included within this section of your agreement.
If you have any additional questions about the legal agreement process, please contact us and we can provide you with further information.
If you are an intended parent and need a referral to an attorney who specializes in third party reproductive law, contact us or you may refer to our partner organization list.