The affidavit of a surrogacy agreement should contain the following:
- All factors set out in the Act together with documentary proof where applicable. The affidavit should contain the information on how the commissioning parents came to know the surrogate mother and why she is willing to act as a surrogate for them. The surrogate mother’s background as well as her financial position should be investigated and set out in the affidavit. Furthermore a comprehensive report by psychologist is essential to assess the suitability of the surrogate mother. This should deal in particular with her background, psychological profile and the effect that the surrogacy and the giving up of the baby will have on her. Full medical reports should also be obtained regarding her physical condition to indicate whether surrogacy pose any dangers for her and/or the child. In our view the medical report should deal with the HIV status of the mother, as well as any disease that could be transferred from her to the child in order to protect the child and to allow the court to exercise its discretion properly in confirming the agreement.
- Whether there have been any previous applications for surrogacy; the division in which the application was brought, whether such an application was granted and/or refused. If it was refused the reasons for the refusal should be set out;
- A report by a clinical psychologist in respect of the commissioning parents and a separate report in respect of the surrogate and her partner;
- A medical report regarding the surrogate mother which must include her physical condition to indicate whether surrogacy pose any dangers for her and/or the child. In our view the medical report should deal with the HIV status of the mother, as well as any disease that could be transferred from her to the child in order to protect the child and to allow the court to exercise its discretion properly in confirming the agreement;
- Details and proof of payment of any compensation for services rendered, either to the surrogate herself or to the intermediary, the donor, the clinic or any third party involved in the process;
- All agreements between the surrogate and any intermediary or any other person who is involved in the process;
- Full particulars, if any agency was involved, any payment to such agency as well as an affidavit by that agency containing the full particulars regarding that agency should be revealed. An affidavit by the agency should also be filed containing the following:
(a) the business of the agency,
(b) whether any form of payment is paid to or by the agency in regard of any aspect of the surrogacy,
(c) what exactly the agency’s involvement was regarding the:
(i) introduction of the surrogate mother,
(ii) how the information regarding the surrogate mother was obtained by the agency and
(d) whether the surrogate mother received any compensation at all from the agency or the commissioning parents.
- Whether any of the commissioning parents have been charged with or convicted with a violent crime or a crime of a sexual nature
- A clearance certificate by the police of the commissioning parents.