A surrogacy evaluation is an assessment of an individual who is considering being a surrogate for another person or family. The evaluation for surrogacy includes a clinical interview, performed by a psychologist. The interview is designed to get to know you better to determine if you will be a good fit as a surrogate. The surrogacy evaluation will also provide you with information to help prepare you for what is to come. During your evaluation, the psychologist will likely require you complete testing to better inform the evaluator.
The use of psychological tests requires years of training that involves not only learning how to administer the tests, but also how to incorporate all the information from a variety of tests, background information, and interviews, with the clinical knowledge of theories, of research, of the nature of psychological problems, of personality styles, and of human development. Psychologists are the only mental health professionals who are fully trained and qualified to use psychological tests. It is the professional gathering and integration of all this material about a person that is the process of a psychological evaluation.
While your medical history may not be reviewed, the evaluator completing your assessment will ask questions related to family and personal history of mental health. The surrogacy evaluation will also provide an opportunity to discuss decisions that may arise in the event of a problem pregnancy, multiple embryos, fetal reduction, as well as communication and contact with the parents and/or offspring.