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Surrogacy in Illinois for surrogates and intended parents

Whether you are a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother or intended parents hoping to grow your family through surrogacy, when you first begin looking into surrogacy, it can feel a little bit intimidating. Circle Surrogacy is the most successful surrogacy agency, proudly supporting parents and gestational carriers in Illinois.

 Surrogacy in Illinois

Surrogacy in Illinois

Illinois is a surrogacy-friendly state for both gestational carriers and intended parents. Whether you in live in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford or anywhere in between – here's everything you need to know about gestational surrogacy.

Your guide to surrogacy in Illinois

Become a surrogate in Illinois

Review surrogate requirements in Illinois and see how to apply to become a surrogate.

Find a surrogate mother in Illinois

Looking for a surrogate in Illinois? See how to find your perfect surrogate match.

Surrogacy Laws in Illinois

Understand what the surrogacy laws are in the state of Illinois for surrogates and intended parents.

Surrogacy & egg donation in Illinois

Become a Parent in Illinois

See how to take the first steps in becoming a parent through surrogacy.

Surrogacy process in Illinois

See how the surrogacy process works at Circle Surrogacy in Illinois.

Find an egg donor in IL

Our egg donor database is filled with hundreds of bright, young women. Filter your search and find an egg donor near you.

Surrogacy costs in Illinois.

In Illinois, surrogacy costs can 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.

Surrogacy costs can be compartmentalized into four categories:

• Professional Fees
• Gestational Carrier (i.e., surrogate) and Egg Donor Fees
• Medical & Insurance Expenses
• IVF Expenses

Unlike other surrogacy agencies, Circle Surrogacy strives to provide security and peace of mind with their costs. Therefore, Circle fixes the costs for Professional Fees, Gestational Carrier and Egg Donor Fees and Medical & Insurance Expenses. That means, that throughout your journey, you will not incur any additional costs in any of those categories, so you can plan for costs at the beginning of your surrogacy journey.

For intended parents living in Illinois, Circle Surrogacy offers two exclusive fixed price program options: our Fixed Cost program and our Journey Protection Guarantee program. Both options have fixed costs that do not change during your journey, so you can plan for costs with no surprises.

Surrogate pay in Illinois.

Women from Illinois apply to become surrogate mothers because they have the desire to help others experience the joy of parenthood. While there is a monetary incentive to be a surrogate, the indescribable sense of fulfillment our surrogates get from helping intended families bring a child into the world cannot be found doing anything else.

As a surrogate in Illinois, you have the opportunity to earn between $50,000 and $60,000 in payments and benefits. Surrogate mothers are paid a base fee of between $30,000-$40,000, plus additional compensation and benefits for milestones along their journey.

How much you will make as a surrogate will depend on a few criteria: the state you live in, if you have insurance, and if you're an experienced gestational carrier.

Calculate your surrogate pay in Illinois with our surrogate compensation calculator.

Surrogate payments are made monthly, and surrogate mothers start earning compensation and benefits even before they are pregnant.


As you consider parenthood, you may have questions along the way. Don't worry. With 25 years of experience, we've helped intended parents navigate surrogacy and their journeys to parenthood, and have answered almost every question out there!
What is the cost of surrogacy?
The cost for gestational surrogacy ranges depending upon the program chosen (we have a variety of programs to choose from) and whether a donor is needed. The ranges include: all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF costs. To find out the costs of our various programs, please click here.
How does the matching process work?

Once we have accepted a surrogate applicant into our program, our matching and legal teams determine possible matching options based on a variety of factors, including: the state she lives in, whether she has insurance, and the matching preferences from both intended parents and surrogates.

We will send the redacted profile of the intended parents (with no identifying information) to the surrogate. If she expresses interest, we will send her profile to the intended parents, similarly leaving out all identifying information. Once the surrogate and the prospective parents express a mutual interest, we will put them in touch by telephone, Skype or email so they can begin to get to know each other.

After communicating with each other, the surrogate and the prospective parents meet in person at their mutual convenience: at the surrogate’s home, the intended parents’ home, or some place in between. If the surrogate has children and/or a partner or spouse, the intended parents meet them as well.

An IVF physician medically screens them after a match is made. If for any reason the surrogate doesn’t pass the medical screening (which is rare), Circle Surrogacy presents a new match free of charge.

What does the legal process involve before and after the birth?
Circle’s legal team coordinates with local attorneys to ensure you are properly matched with a surrogate in a state where you can accomplish the necessary legal work to finalize your parental rights. Once you are matched, we negotiate contracts on your behalf. Your surrogate and your egg donor (if needed) will have independent counsel. Depending on a variety of factors, your surrogacy legal work may include a pre-birth order, a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity, a judgment of paternity, a custody orders, or an adoption.