Many people become parents by using a gestational carrier (or surrogate), a woman who carries and gives birth to a child for a woman or couple who cannot. Many women decide to become gestational carriers to help people who want to become parents make their dreams of having a family come true.

Your Options for Using a Gestational Carrier

The Center for Collaborative Reproduction offers you comprehensive information and support to navigate the surrogacy process. Our goal is to streamline the surrogacy process from selection to treatment for you.

The ideal gestational carrier or surrogate is a woman between the ages of 21 and 27 who has had at least one healthy pregnancy and has at least one child of her own. She must be physically healthy, a non-smoker, non-drug user, and must pass an extensive medical screening, as well as, a criminal background check, before she can begin helping families.

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'Meeting Kaiyen for the first time was truly surreal,' explains Flavio. 'Everything about him – how he smelled, how he looked, how he cried – mesmerized us then, and still does today.'

Choosing a Gestational Carrier

This is an intimate, personal process. We work closely with the following organizations that help match families with prescreened, readily available gestational carriers and can help guide you, step-by-step, through this very personal journey of creating your family.

Alternative Reproductive Resources (ARR)
2000 N Racine Ave, Suite 2181
Chicago, IL 60614
773-327-7315
www.arr1.com

Family Source Consultants (FSC)
123 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 201A Hinsdale, IL 60521
630.325.4617
info@familysourcesurrogacy.com
www.familysourcesurrogacy.com
1000 Essington Rd
Joliet, IL 60435

ParentingPartners
5250 Grand Ave., Suite 14
Gurnee, IL 60031 847-782-0224
www.parentingpartners.net

Center for Egg Options (CEO)
3100 Dundee Rd, Suite 911
Northbrook, IL 60062 847-656-8733
www.egg411.com

ConceiveAbilities
2 N. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1430
Chicago, IL 60606
877-201-7211
www.conceiveabilities.com

Center for Surrogate Parenting (CSP)
(West Coast Office)
15821 Ventura Blvd, Suite 675
Encino, CA 91436
818-788-8288 or 818-788-8289
www.creatingfamilies.com
(East Coast Office)
9 State Circle, Suite 302
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-990-9860

Legal Resources

As intended parents, it will be crucial to understand the legalities involved in your specific situation. Laws can vary by state, and we will connect you to experienced legal experts in your area.

You likely have a lot to think about and discuss with your partner or those closest to you as you’re deciding whether surrogacy is the right option for you to build a family. It may help to read experiences of other families who have pursued having a child through surrogacy successfully.


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There are a variety of financial options for self-pay patients including loans and payment programs

If you’re in an international family or LGBT Family, find out what services we can provide for your specific needs.  You can also meet our dedicated, experienced CCR Team who will be helping you along the way.