For parents interested in growing their families through surrogacy and egg donation, Illinois is a safe and surrogacy-friendly state.Become a Parent
Illinois is a great place to live if you're considering parenthood through surrogacy and/or egg donation.
Here are a few reasons Illinois is a great state for surrogacy with Circle:
• Local IVF clinics. Circle works closely with the most-successful IVF clinics in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.
• Local surrogates. Circle works with surrogates from Illinois, as well as the surrounding surrogacy-friendly states.
• We work with intended parents of all backgrounds. For over 20 years we’ve helped straight and LGBTQ+ couples and singles fulfill their dreams of parenthood.
• Flexible consultation schedule. We hold consultations Monday through Friday and one weekend a month.
• Exclusive community for parents. Monthly support groups for our Circle families.
Surrogacy costs vary for each individual journey, and depend on a few factors: whether or not you require an egg donor, your location to your clinic and surrogate (and/or egg donor), and the type of program you choose.
Costs include all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF costs.
Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation offers complimentary consultations Monday through Friday, and one weekend a month, where you'll meet with an attorney and a process consultant. During the consultation, discussion includes the process of matching with a gestational carrier and/or egg donor, legal implications, insurance, surrogacy costs and financing, and much more.
Hello! I’m Jen Rachman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Circle’s Outreach Associate. Getting to play a small part in so many IPs' experiences on their road to parenthood is humbling, so much so, that after my own surrogacy journey I felt compelled to join Circle and help others in my situation.
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 as 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.
We have a daughter. Because of all of you, we have a family. You’ve guided us to our dream and we are forever grateful. You have warmed our hearts, warmed our souls, and with your lovely blanket gift, warmed our precious baby girl, Pearl Anne. Thank you, with love. - Brian and Matt
We were in good hands with you.Thank you so much for your help on this journey. Our son is awesome. Top on our list of thanks is our surrogate, followed not far behind by you and the rest of the Circle team that helped make this happen. I had both kids on my lap the other day just hanging out and experienced a new kind of 'happy' - down to the core happy. - Greg
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at Circle for making our surrogacy experience truly amazing. We are overjoyed and adjusting to life with our son. Your team's dedication and attention was a testament to the agency's reputation and appreciated by us, our families and our surrogate. - J and C.