top of page
CircleSurrogacy_Pattern01_3Circles-07.png
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!

couple looking at laptop

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.

Male couple with baby

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 the link to reserve your spot (be sure to add the date(s) and Zoom link to your calendar):

Second Tuesday at 7:30pm PST/6:30pm CST/10:30pm EST led by Sarah Marino and Kim Finnerty

Meeting Dates: January 10 (Wednesday), February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11

Second Thursday at 6pm MT/7pm CST/8pm EST led by Kate Gaskill and Melinda Williamson

Meeting Dates: January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13

Third Wednesday at 6pm MT/7pm CST/8pm EST led by Katherine Fitzsimmons and Carlos Dolan

Meeting Dates: January 17, February 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 20

Fourth Tuesday at 6pm MT/7pm CST/8pm EST led by Nancy Weatherby and Melinda Williamson

Meeting Dates: January 23, February 27, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25

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, January 9 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, February 13 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, March 19 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, April 16 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, May 14 at 8pmEST

  • Tuesday, June 4 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:

  • Thursday, December 14 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, January 18 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, February 15 at 8pmEST

  • Monday, March 18 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, April 11 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, May 8 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, June 13 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: Bimonthly (every other month)

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Thursday, December 21 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, February 29 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, April 25 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, June 27 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.

Single Intended Parent Peer Group

Meets: Monthly at 5pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Wednesday, December 20 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, January 24 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, February 21 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, March 20 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, April 17 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, May 15 at 5pmEST

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 5pmEST

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, Manager of Intended Parents Support and Parent through Surrogacy and Jen Hutchison LISW-CP Licensed Social Worker, Surrogate Intake and Support.

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

Meets: Monthly for 1 hour at 7pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Wednesday, January 3 at 7pmEST

  • Monday, February 5 at 7pmEST

  • Wednesday, March 6 at 7pmEST

  • Wednesday, April 10 at 7pmEST

  • Monday, May 6 at 7pmEST

  • Wednesday, June 12 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, Manager of Intended Parent Support, who is an 20-year-cancer survivor and mother through surrogacy and egg donation.

Tri-state Parent Meet Up

Meets: Monthly, 1 hour, 8pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Tuesday, January 9 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, February 7 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, March 6 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, April 3 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, May 1 at 8pmEST

  • Wednesday, June 5 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, Manager of Intended Parent Support and parent through surrogacy.

French Intended Parents Group

Meets: Meets monthly at 9pmCET for 1 hour

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Monday, December 18 at 9pmCET

  • Tuesday, January 16 at 9pmCET

  • Tuesday, February 20 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, March 18 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, April 15 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, May 20 at 9pmCET

  • Monday, June 17 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, December 16 at 6pmPST (heterosexual IPs)

  • Friday, January 19 at 6pmPST

  • Friday, February 23 at 6pmPST

  • Friday, March 22 at 6pmPST

  • Friday, April 19 at 6pmPST

  • Friday, May 24 at 6pmPST

  • Friday, June 21 at 6pmPST

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 Quarterly at 2pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Thursday, March 14 at 2pmEST

  • Wednesday, June 12 at 2pmEST

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.

Preparing for Parenthood for US Parents (3rd and 4th Trimester)

Meets: Monthly at 8pmEST

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Thursday, January 4 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, February 15 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, March 21 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, April 18 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, May 16 at 8pmEST

  • Thursday, June 20 at 8pmEST

This IP group is for those who are entering the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.  The group provide a space for US based IP's to prepare for birth.  New parents are welcome to continue with the group for the 4th Trimester to support their transition to parenthood.   This group is co-led by Circle Team members Kate Gaskill, Manager of Legal Services, Sarah Harris, Program Coordinator (*and 3x surrogate) and Carlos Dolan, Outreach Associate and parent through surrogacy.

Preparing for Parenthood for European Parents (3rd and 4th trimester)

Meets: Monthly at 2pmEST/8pmCET

Next scheduled meeting:

  • Thursday, January 4 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

  • Thursday, February 15 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

  • Thursday, March 21 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

  • Thursday, April 18 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

  • Thursday, May 16 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

  • Thursday, June 20 at 2pmEST/8pmCET

This IP group is for those who are entering the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The group provide a space for European based IP's to prepare for birth.  New parents are welcome to continue with the group for the 4th Trimester to support their transition to parenthood. This group is co-led by Circle Team members Kate Gaskill, Manager of Legal Services, Brett Griffin-Young Head of International Client Services  and parent through surrogacy and Jen Hutchison LISW-CP Licensed Social Worker, Surrogate Intake and Support.

UK / Ireland IP Community Group

Meets: Monthly at 7pm GMT

Next scheduled meeting:

  • January 25th at 7pm UK Time

  • February 27th at 7pm UK Time

  • April 30th at 7pm UK time

This group is a Meet-Up for Circle IP's who are based in the UK and Ireland. It is for IP's in all stages of their surrogacy process. We welcome you to connect with others, ask questions, share stories, and learn from one another. The group is co-led by Brett Griffin-Young, Head of International Client Services and parent through surrogacy, and Amanda Harry Manager Senior Manager of Program Coordination.

Scandinavia IP Community Group

Meets: Quarterly at 7pm CET

Next scheduled meeting:

  • February 20th 7pm CET

  • May 28th 7pm CET

This group is a Meet-Up for Circle IP's who are based in Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark). It is for IP's in all stages of their surrogacy process. We welcome you to connect with others, ask questions, share stories, and learn from one another. The group is co-led by Brett Griffin-Young, Head of International Client Services and parent through surrogacy, and Amanda Harry Manager Senior Manager of Program Coordination.

Germany / Switzerland and Austria IP Community Group

Meets: Quarterly at 7pm CET

Next scheduled meeting:

  • March 26th 7pm CET

  • June 25th 7pm CET

This group is a Meet-Up for Circle IP's who are based in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is for IP's in all stages of their surrogacy process. We welcome you to connect with others, ask questions, share stories, and learn from one another. The group is co-led by Brett Griffin-Young, Head of International Client Services and parent through surrogacy, and Amanda Harry Manager Senior Manager of Program Coordination.

bottom of page