Input from dozens of agencies and clinics helps reshape our Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)!
As we approach our first anniversary as an independent organization, we are pleased to report that our vision of bringing surrogacy within financial reach of more prospective parents is about to become a reality. With the help of a professional and input from members and partners (in interviews and a small survey we conducted in April), what we initially only envisioned as a financial aid fund started evolving into a program that will also provide eligible prospective gay parents with access to discounts and free services from our partners.
survey of our providers in May, 2013. With their input we are now close to finalizing the components of the program, eligibility criteria, rules and timing. The program will consist of two tiers of assistance - one provides modest help to boost the efforts of all qualified applicants, and the other grants more substantial assistance to a select group:
- The Journey Booster program will provide all prospective parents who qualify based on income and other criteria with assistance in their own fundraising via a dedicated crowd-funding website similar to GoFundMe (and some matching funds) and discounts from clinics, agencies, pharmaceuticals and law firms. Based on the survey we expect that at least 150 couples or individuals will have access to such discounts in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Estimated launch of this program is August 1, 2013.
- The Direct Assistance program will grant couples or individuals who are selected by the grant committee to receive direct financial assistance or to be matched with a partner clinic and / or agency who will provide services free of charge. For the 2013-2014 fiscal year we will award approximately $100,000 in grants, and based on the response from our partners, about 20-30 applicants will receive free surrogacy agency and / or IVF clinic services, and several more could be matched with free legal services. We hope to start evaluating applications in September 2013, and start awarding grants in November.