The History of Circle Surrogacy
Circle Surrogacy’s founder John Weltman and his husband Cliff Atkins had both of their sons through surrogacy. As a respected lawyer, John started to receive requests from other couples who were interested in building their families through surrogacy. At the time, surrogacy wasn’t as common and couples who couldn’t have children were becoming more and more interested in this option to have children of their own.
Twenty years ago John took on his first surrogacy client. Since then Circle has grown significantly. In 2015, we welcomed our 1,000th baby into the world! Over the years, we have helped parents from six continents and 72 countries build their families.
Celebrate with Us.
To celebrate this milestone, we have a few exciting projects to announce.
We are working on a video collection to include stories and photos from surrogates and intended parents via surrogacy.
We need your help! In order to create this video, we are asking our current and former surrogates and intended parents to send us:
- Current photos of you and your family
- Photos of intended parents’ families with their surrogate and her family
- Stories and memories from your journey
- Stories about the relationship you formed after the birth between surrogates or egg donors and intended parents
- Home videos
To submit to our video collage project, email Lauren Muscarella at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel you’re “not a writer,” please email Lauren to set up a call to set up an interview for a profile. Since we won't be able to use every word of every story, we will post them to our blog. Thank you in advance for your help with this project!
Inside Circle Video
We will be filming in our office and posting short videos every few weeks to introduce you to our dedicated staff—and so you can see our digs here in Boston, Massachusetts. We are excited to introduce you to some of the wonderful Circle employees who work behind the scenes.
There will be a few other surprises along the way as we celebrate this special occasion. Anniversaries give us—and we hope you too—an excuse to stop for a moment and reflect on this journey we’ve gone on together with immense gratitude for every person's role.
Part of why surrogacy is so amazing is because of how many people are asked to be generous and patient in order to set this miracle in motion.
We are passionate about the caring hearts of the surrogates and egg donors in our program. As many of our staff members know from personal experience, it is wonderful to have a child of your own when you never thought it was possible. We take great pride in making a positive impact on the domestic and international surrogacy process. Here's to another 20 years! Hear, hear.