Surrogacy in New York
Founded in 1995, Circle Surrogacy is the world’s oldest full-service surrogate parenting agency serving clients worldwide. We work with intended parents from all backgrounds, including gay couples, heterosexual couples,and singles. Our dedicated staff of attorneys, social workers, program coordinators, experienced surrogates, and parents through surrogacy have been involved in the birth of more than 1,500 babies.
Circle Surrogacy has achieved unparalleled success rates for our intended parents by controlling costs, securing high-quality IVF treatment,and focusing on our matching process. Our innovative offerings include unlimited matching, unlimited IVF, a fixed fee program, and a concierge program. We also offer simple financing options to U.S. residents for surrogacy and egg donation.
Meet with Circle Surrogacy in New York
Ready to start your surrogacy journey? Circle Surrogacy offers complimentary consultations in New York City Monday through Friday, and one weekend a month, where you'll meet with a process consultant and an attorney to review our programs and our agency protocols. The consultation team addresses the process of matching with a surrogate and/or egg donor, legal implications, insurance, surrogacy costs, financing (where applicable), and much more.
To request a consultation Monday through Friday, please click here. To find out when our next weekend consultations in New York will be, please see below.
Upcoming Weekend Consultations
Upcoming Parent Panel Information Session
Understanding the Costs at Circle Surrogacy
In this video, Circle Surrogacy's Founder, John Weltman, breaks down the intricacies of a surrogacy journey in terms of costs. Understanding agency fees, fixed costs and estimates can help you assess surrogacy agencies and make the best decision for you and your future family.
Featured Documentary on Circle
Elite Daily featured a Circle Surrogacy journey as part of their short documentary series in 2016. To date, over 1 million people have watched Michael's amazing journey with his surrogate Jenna.
I was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer at age 26, at a time when I was focusing on my professional career and moving in with my boyfriend. Beating cancer was difficult but not tough as accepting my new normal as a menopausal and infertile 20-something.
Several years post-cancer my husband and I began exploring our family building options and decided that surrogacy was the best path for us. Our Circle journey was truly a wonderful, life changing experience and I’m forever grateful for our surrogate and everyone who helped us have our son.
I’m so appreciative that Circle has given me the opportunity to draw on my professional and personal experience to help others understand surrogacy as a family building option. I never could have predicted that this is where I would have ended up - a cancer survivor, a mother through surrogacy, a parent to the most fantastic little boy, and an employee at an agency so dedicated to those striving to become parents.
Why should I choose Circle Surrogacy?
Circle is the only agency in the world to guarantee a baby at a guaranteed cost, including guaranteed insurance coverage for your surrogate. Circle guarantees babies because it has partnered with IVF clinics whose success rates are so high they are willing to provide a single price for unlimited IVFs until you have a baby. Circle guarantees costs by reviewing its costs from year to year and understanding both the best and worst case scenarios, so that it can add a small bit of insurance to protect itself against unexpected happenings and agreeing to take on those bills itself, rather than pass them on to the Intended Parents. It guarantees insurance by having numerous lawyers there to read insurance contracts, protect Intended Parents and Surrogates from insurance company refusals to pay and being backed up by Lloyds of London due to its long history of success.
Circle also thinks long term. Developed by a lawyer who himself is the father of two kids through surrogacy,Circle looks first to the best interest of the child, recommending relationships with surrogates and known donation to allow children to dispel the mystery of their birth and to remain acquainted with their genetic parent(to get to meet her if they wish and to keep apprised of any changes in her medical history). It looks next to the best interest of its carefully selected surrogates to make sure they feel good about the amazing gift they are giving, through providing them with support and fostering their relationship with the parents. And, to no lesser degree, it looks next at the needs of the individual or couple, making sure that, if a couple, they both are interested in having children, that they have support systems in place and that they are both considered the legal parents of the child, whenever possible.”
Since its inception, when John Weltman ran Circle by himself, Circle has deeply cared that there would always be someone there to respond to your needs. No agency goes farther to make sure that there is someone 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer any question,respond to any anxiety, celebrate any joy, and sympathize with any setback or loss. We care hugely about providing you with personalized attention, and with having enough experts on hand that no matter what your need or question,we will respond to it for you.
How do I begin the process?
All prospective parents—couples or singles, gay or heterosexual, domestic or international—begin with a free consultation.
How long does the whole surrogacy process take?
The length of the process depends on several factors. We typically tell intended parents to plan on a year and a half from the time they sign on. The timeline can vary depending on the legal requirements involved and the course of the IVF treatment.
Which IVF clinics do you work with?
We have built relationships with several IVF clinics across the country. Our established relationships give you access to discounted rates we have negotiated. However, Circle Surrogacy will work with any fertility clinic that the intended parents choose as long as the clinic is able to coordinate with our agency. We encourage intended parents to evaluate several fertility clinics and choose the one that they feel best meets their needs.
What does the legal process involve before and after the birth?
Circle’s legal team coordinates with local attorneys to ensure you are properly matched with a surrogate in a state where you can accomplish the necessary legal work to finalize your parental rights. Once you are matched, we negotiate contracts on your behalf. Your surrogate and your egg donor (if needed) will have independent counsel. Depending on a variety of factors, your surrogacy legal work may include a pre-birth order, a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity, a judgment of paternity, a custody orders, or an adoption.
Are there contracts with the surrogate or the egg donor?
Yes. Once you are matched with a surrogate or egg donor, we will draft an agreement and negotiate it on your behalf. These contracts cover everything from the medical procedure to reimbursements to the relationship with the child.