Most Surrogacy Agencies hire a company to run background checks on their clients (IPs) and surrogate candidates, including husbands/partners. This is not because everyone is under suspicion. It just makes all parties more comfortable. You want to believe that people would be honest upfront but what is important for you to know may not be what they want to share. Now if you are working with someone that you know well; a family member or a close friend, you really don’t need to have a background check. But if you are working with someone you hardly know, maybe you met on the internet or by classified ad or it’s a friend of a friend of a friend, a background check is a good idea, for all parties. What are you looking for? DUI’s, drug conviction, child abuse, criminal charges and so forth. Anything that will give you pause about working together. It’s better to find things out before the contracts are signed then after. **NOTE Background checks for all involved (up to 4 people) should cost under $400.00. Not a bad price for a piece of mind!