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Parent Support Groups
Intended Parent Groups at Circle

We hold our Intended Parent groups to help reduce the isolation that parents can occasionally experience while they navigate their journey to parenthood through surrogacy. These gatherings provide a safe space to connect with others to share stories, ask questions, or just listen to other experiences. This is a space to not only get support, but [most importantly] show that you are not alone!

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Join a Parent Group

We have two types of groups available for parents:

Meet Ups take place throughout the month; therefore, you can find a time/date that works well for your schedule. You can choose to come every month, or you can attend more or less frequently. These groups are open to anyone who is in the surrogacy process regardless of where you live in the world.

Community Groups take place at varying cadences based on the needs of that community. These communities consist of IP’s that share a common experience and similarity.

You may join as many support groups as you like!

If you're interested in joining a support group, simply click the link to reserve a spot.

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Parent Meet Up Groups

These groups will meet at a specific time. All intended parents are welcome to join any of the groups, whether it is your morning, afternoon or evening where you live!


Meet Up Groups schedule - you can join any of the meet up groups below by clicking here (be sure to add the date(s) and Zoom link to your calendar):

First Tuesday at 7:30pm PST starting 9/5 led by Sarah Marino and Kim Finnerty

Meeting Date: September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5

First Thursday at 11am CET starting 9/7 led by Brett Griffin-Young and Alonso Sierra

Meeting Date: September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7

Second Thursday at 8pm EST starting 9/14 led by Kate Gaskill and Melinda Williamson

Meeting Date: September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14

Third Wednesday at 8pm EST starting 9/20 led by Katherine Fitzsimmons and Carlos Dolan

Meeting Date: September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 20

Fourth Tuesday at 8pm EST starting 9/26 led by Amanda Caroca and Nancy Weatherby

Meeting Date: September 26, October 24 (cancelled), November 28 and December 26

Community Groups

The below groups have scheduled meetings (details with each group) and generally focus on a specific community or topic. These groups are a great way to get to know other intended parents who have similar backgrounds or situations, or who live where you do.

Infertility Peer Support Group for Women

Meets: Monthly at 8pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Tuesday, September 5 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, October 3 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, November 7 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, December 5 at 8pmEST

The intention of this group is to provide peer support specific to the experience of infertility and psychoeducation about the surrogacy process. The group is open to women with primary or secondary infertility and will focus on new topics each month, such as “building a relationship with your surrogate” and “how to have hope when you’ve experienced loss” as some examples. This group is open to you regardless of what stage you may be in during the process (i.e. matching, contracts, pregnant). It is meant to be a safe space to come together to share experiences and feelings about the surrogacy process. This group is facilitated by Emily Sonier, LICSW, Director of Program and Clinical Support and Kim Finnerty, Matching Specialist and Parent through Surrogacy.

U.S. LGBTQIA+ Group

Meets: Monthly in the evenings at 8pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Tuesday, September 19 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, October 12 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, November 14 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, December 14 at 8pmEST

Join us to explore topics relevant to the transition to parenthood experience for LGBTQ+ parents. Group to be co-led by Emily Sonier, LICSW, Director of Program and Clinical Support and Anthony Brown, Manager of Client Services and a dad through surrogacy.

BIPOC Intended Parent (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Meets: Quarterly

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Thursday, September 21 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, December 21 at 8pmEST

We have a new Virtual Intended Parent Group Starting in June! This group is open to and focuses on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Intended Parents and their partners. This group will provide a safe space to share general experiences and challenges the BIPOC community faces during a surrogacy journey. The group will take place quarterly via zoom and will each provide a relevant topic of discussion for each group. This group is facilitated based on topic rotation. The group will be led by Nataya Redd, Jada Long and Carlos Dolan.

European Intended Parent Talk

Meets: Monthly, on Mondays, 8pm Central European time

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Monday, September 25 at 8pmCET

  • Tuesday, November 21 at 8pmCET

Our European group is focused on all things parenting related for Intended Parents who are not yet parents or those who are currently on a sibling journey. It is offered to provide a sense of community, support and guidance for individuals as they plan to enter parenthood. The group is open to intended parents in all stages of their journey who reside in Europe. Group is co-facilitated by Brett Griffin-Young, International Outreach Associate who is also a Parent through surrogacy and adoption and Amanda Harry, Manager of Program Support, who is a parent to two teenagers.

Single Intended Parent Peer Group

Meets: Monthly at 5:30pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30pmEST

  • Monday, October 16 at 5:30pmEST

  • Monday, November 13 at 5:30pmEST

  • Wednesday, December 20 at 5:30pmEST

Join us to connect with other single intended parents who are too planning for parenthood through surrogacy. The group will share common experiences of going through the surrogacy process, allow you to connect with others in the program, while also focusing on preparing for life as a single parent. Group will be led by Jen Rachman, LCSW, and Parent through Surrogacy.

Intended Mothers: Cancer Survivors & Other Medical Diagnoses Peer Support Group

Meets: Quarterly for 1 hour at 7pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Wednesday, October 11 at 7pmEST

  • Wednesday, December 6 at 7pmEST

Many intended parents come to surrogacy due to a history of a medical diagnosis that results in the need for surrogacy such as cancer, benign tumors, autoimmune disorders, thyroid conditions, and other various medical conditions that result in the need for surrogacy. We would like to offer a chance for our IPs who have been affected by significant medical conditions a chance to connect. This group will take place every other month as an opportunity to share stories, get support, and learn from others who are also on the road to parenthood through surrogacy. This group will be led by Jen Rachman, LCSW, who is an 19-year-cancer survivor and mother through surrogacy and egg donation.

Tri-state Parent Meet Up

Meets: Monthly, 1 hour, 8pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Tuesday, September 12 at 8mEST

  • Saturday, October 7 – in person meet up

Please email Jen Rachman to join us in NYC: [email protected]

  • Thursday, November 2 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, December 13 at 8pmEST

This group provides support and a sense of community for intended parents living in the Tri-state area: New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This group is open to all intended parents in Circle’s program, at any stage of the surrogacy process. This group is co-led by Jen Rachman, LCSW and Anthony Brown, Manager of Client Services. For questions or if you are interested in joining, please reach out to group facilitator, Jen Rachman, LCSW, Outreach Associate and parent through surrogacy.

French Intended Parents Group

Meets: Meets monthly at 9pmCET for 1 hour

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Monday, September 18 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, October 16 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, November 20 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, December 18 at 9pmCET

This group is offered to provide support and a sense of community to French-speaking intended parents during the course of their surrogacy journey. This group is open to any French-speaking intended parents (living in the US or abroad), at any stage of the surrogacy process. This group is facilitated by Sarah Marino, Head of West Coast Client Services.

Chinese Intended Parent Peer Support Group

Meets: Every other Month at 6pmPST for 1 hour

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Saturday, September 23 at 6pmPST (heterosexual IPs)

  • Saturday, November 18 at 6pmPST (LGBTQ IPs)

  • Saturday, December 16 at 6pmPST (heterosexual IPs)

This group is offered to provide support and a sense of community to Chinese-speaking intended parents at/after match stage of the surrogacy process. Group to be led by Eva Yu, Outreach Associate and Chinese Liaison.

Featured Meet Up: MRKH Peer Group

Meets: Thursday, November 2 at 2pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

An opportunity to bring women together who have had similar paths to surrogacy due to having MRKH (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome). We will share stories about the diagnosis stage, choosing to move forward through surrogacy and sharing their path with others. This group will be led by Nancy Weatherby, parent through surrogacy and Outreach Manager at Circle Surrogacy.

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