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It is safe and secure to become a parent through surrogacy in the United States if you live in Portugal. Circle Surrogacy is a surrogacy agency in the U.S that has brought over 2,800 babies into the world since 1995. We help intended parents in Portugal have the families of their dreams.Start Surrogacy
Intended parents can meet with the Circle team virtually.
Consultations are designed to educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and how to find and match with a surrogate mother. At Circle, we're available for a consultation on YOUR schedule.
Reserve your spot to meet with us for a private complimentary consultation from the following days and times over Zoom:
Our private consultations are free, and allow us to hear your story and what brought you to surrogacy. We'll also discuss an overview of our agency protocols, programs, matching with a surrogate mother, surrogacy costs, insurance and much more. You'll meet with an Assisted Reproductive Technology Law attorney and one of our Parent Process Consultants. You'll also have the opportunity to ask any questions in a private setting.
To request a consultation, please fill out the registration form below.
You are one step closer to growing your family. A member of our Parent Intake Team will be in touch shortly. We look forward to speaking with you, and learning more about you, and your story.
Surrogacy is a big decision, and you may have many questions. Here are some additional resources to help you understand our process, as well as answers to some frequently-asked questions.
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Gestational surrogacy helps those who cannot have a child on their own become parents. The intended parents (IPs) use a gestational carrier (also referred to as a surrogate mother) to carry a baby to term.
Surrogacy is a process that requires medical and legal professionals to guide the intended parents, as well as a strong support process throughout the journey.
Through IVF (in vitro fertilization), embryos are created in a lab at a fertility clinic. Sometimes the intended parents use their own genetic material. Sometimes, an egg donor or sperm donor is required. At the fertility clinic, 1-2 embryos are implanted into a gestational carrier, who carries the baby(ies) to term.
Surrogates, surrogate mother or gestational carriers are all terms for a woman who carries a baby for someone else. Gestational carriers have no genetic relationship to the children they deliver.
Surrogacy in the United States is a safe way to grow your family if you live in Portugal.
The entire surrogacy process will take place in the U.S – creating your embryos at your fertility clinic, the surrogate pregnancy and the birth of your baby(ies).
Intended Parents in Portugal will normally travel to the United States to create their embryos (and potentially meet their surrogate) and return for the birth of their babies. When international travel is once again easier, IPs can travel more frequently to the US during their journeys.
Once your baby is born, parents from Portugal would stay in the U.S until a passport is issued (or travel documents are issued from Portugal). The amount of time you'll stay in the U.S with your baby depends on many variables, including what documentation you will need to provide to your home country authorities. Once the documentation is process, the U.S passport process usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Any child born in the United States is a US citizen. Your baby will receive a U.S birth certificate and is entitled to a U.S passport for travel purposes (you can usually get one in 24-72 hours from application). Your surrogacy lawyers will do the legal work to establish your parentage (either via a Pre-Birth Order, post-birth order or possibly through a second parent adoption). You will be the sole legal and physical parents under American law. By establishing the rights of parentage in the United States, you can travel home safely and securely.
2. Surrogates are fully screened and receive the best medical care.
In the U.S, gestational carriers are screened psychologically and medically prior to an embryo transfer. Only women who are mentally, physically and emotionally able to handle a surrogacy are accepted into the program. All surrogates reside in the United States and have access to the most advanced medical care and the world's top hospitals. Circle's surrogates have the full support of family and friends during her journey, as well as professional support from a licensed social worker from sign on until postpartum.
3. Financial security.
In the U.S, when you embark on a surrogacy journey with most agencies, your money is safe. Circle is a well-established, secure company. The money you send to the agency is protected, held in a Bonded Escrow Account. These type of accounts are kept only at regulated and approved financial institutions.
Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is the leading surrogacy agency because we always put our Intended Parents’ needs first. Our program and surrogacy costs are structured to achieve two primary goals: success and cost security.
Circle is proud to offer the all-inclusive Journey Protection Guarantee Program, which is designed to help as many Intended Parents as possible bring home a baby while reducing variable costs.
Journey Protection Guarantee Program
Surrogacy only: $157,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $184,750
(both prices exclude IVF)
Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers Intended Parents:
The costs outlined above are for our Surrogacy Only and Surrogacy Plus Egg Donation Programs. For more information about the costs of our other programs, please email us or call us at 617.439.9900.
A question many intended parents have is how do they find a surrogate mother to carry their baby. We recommend working with a surrogacy agency – like Circle Surrogacy – who will manage all aspects of your surrogacy, including finding a surrogate mother match.
We will match you with a surrogate based on 3 criteria:
It's important that the surrogate mother with whom you match is a good fit for surrogacy. Surrogate mothers must meet strict surrogacy requirements in order to accepted in our surrogate program.
Circle Surrogacy also fully screens their surrogate mothers prior to matching them with intended parents. Surrogates must complete a 3-step screening process in order to meet Circle's standards for matching. Fully screening surrogates before a match is made helps ensure a more successful journey, fewer match breaks and a strong start in your relationship.
Working with an agency makes your search to find a surrogate safe and easy.
Read more about how surrogates and parents are matched.
With so many agencies to choose from, intended parents in Portugal should research surrogacy agencies and determine how successful the surrogacy parenting agency is and if it would be a good fit. Choosing your surrogacy is a personal choice, not every agency is suitable for everyone.
This list of criteria will help intended parents in their surrogacy research of agencies.
This Surrogacy Agency Checklist is a helpful tool to use to ask questions to surrogacy agencies to find the one that's best for you and your journey to becoming a parent.
Circle Surrogacy is a premier U.S surrogacy agency experienced in helping intended parents in Portugal grow their families. We will help you have a baby through surrogacy and return home to Portugal safely and securely.
Highest success rates. We're the most successful surrogacy agency with a success rate of 99.3% for parents (we've had our success rates audited by a reputable tax and audit firm).
Established relationships with IVF clinics. Circle works closely with the most-successful IVF clinics throughout the United States. If you’re already established with an IVF clinic we’re happy to work with your clinic of choice.
We work with intended parents from all backgrounds. For over 27 years we’ve helped straight and LGBTQ+ couples and singles fulfill their dreams of parenthood.
Flexible consultation schedule. We are available for private surrogacy consultations via video (for now because of the pandemic) on a regular basis with parents in Portugal.
In-house legal support. Circle has attorneys on staff to help with your legal work and insurance. We have ensured all new parents have made it home safely with their babies.
Easy return to Portugal. Every child born in the United States receives U.S Citizenship and U.S travel documents. Our attorneys on staff have helped families for decades return home safely.
Bringing a baby into your family is one of the greatest joys you can experience. Becoming a parent in Portugal is safe and simple when you work with a US surrogacy agency such as Circle Surrogacy. Circle helps intended parents who are interested in growing their families through surrogacy and or egg donation.
Circle Surrogacy works with many international parents, including intended parents who live in Portugal, and surrounding European countries.
We are excited to meet you and partner with you on one of life's most monumental journeys!
Circle has helped us achieve our dream of expending our family. They have helped us give a baby brother to our beautiful daughter. We can never be grateful enough! We can never express the deep gratitude for what you have done for us. We can never thank you enough. No words could describe the enormous “swelling of love” both our hearts have experienced since our son's birth. - J & C
I just wanted to tell you I am the happiest man in the world right now! Christophe is doing great, David and I can't get enough of him, our parents are totally crazy and want to see him every day! Can't ask for more right now, just want to say thank you so much for making it possible, you contributed in making a whole family happy. Thanks, thanks, and thanks again! - Martin
You have shown such belief in us, and backed that up with the most extraordinary high level of involvement, advice, support, and good practical common sense. Yes, it's true that we've had a few ups and downs, but I'm sure that is what a journey, by its very nature, is all about. If it had been completely straightforward, then the huge sense of sublime joy and utter amazement at the outcome might not now be so sweet.– Liz and Chris
Read more testimonials from some of our wonderful Circle parents.