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Intended parents hoping to grow their families and women wanting to give intended parents the ultimate gift through surrogacy may not know where to turn for surrogacy guidance and resources. Circle Surrogacy is an experienced, highly reputable surrogacy agency that can guide you through this exciting process, whether you’re in Louisville, Lexington-Fayette, Bowling Green, or another Kentucky community.
A Guide to Surrogacy in Kentucky
For Intended Parents
Currently, no laws specifically regulate surrogacy in Kentucky, but there are safe, legal processes to follow for both intended parents and surrogate mothers.
Surrogacy helps couples and individuals of various backgrounds regardless of age, sex, or sexual orientation.
Every surrogacy journey is unique, and Circle often works with intended parents in Kentucky, such as:
• Heterosexual couples who struggle with infertility
• Intended mothers who are unable to carry a child
• Intended parents who have a genetic defect or health condition they don't want to pass onto their child
• LGBTQ+ intended parents who want a genetic link to their baby
All individuals and couples planning to be parents have a long, rewarding, and emotional journey before them. This page will give you helpful information as you start to navigate the process.
For both intended parents and surrogate mothers, the surrogacy journey will be unique and sometimes uncertain. Understanding each step and preparing as best as possible is a good strategy for both parties.
While you can choose to navigate the surrogacy journey on your own, partnering with an experienced agency such as Circle Surrogacy can help make the process smoother. An agency with years of experience in surrogacy can alleviate uncertainty so you can fully focus on the arrival of your little miracle.
Once you make the decision to enter the surrogacy process and choose an agency, you will be on your way! The next step is scheduling a consultation. You should meet with the agency of your choice and prepare a list of questions and concerns that you may have. This is a chance to get to know the agency and see if it’s the right fit for you and your journey.
Circle Surrogacy offers complimentary consultations for intended parents who are emotionally and financially ready to begin a surrogacy journey within the next 12 months. These private consultations educate intended parents on the surrogacy process, surrogacy costs, and finding and matching with a surrogate mother.
At Circle Surrogacy, we offer free consultations both in-person and virtually via Zoom or Skype. If you are not ready for a full consultation, you can schedule a 30-minute pre-consultation to get more information and have some of your questions answered.
Becoming a parent through surrogacy is a joyous and emotional process, and you want to be ready in every way you can. Circle Surrogacy is here to help intended parents in Kentucky welcome a new life into their world.
We know you will have many questions about egg donation, finding a surrogate, and the cost of surrogacy. We are here to answer all your questions, and our comprehensive cost sheets explain the costs of a typical surrogacy journey.
We can help you understand the surrogacy programs available, the cost of surrogacy, and how much you can expect to pay for egg donation. Circle Surrogacy is transparent in its surrogacy options, costs, and what you can expect along your journey.
Circle Surrogacy offers an all-inclusive cost program: our Journey Protection Guarantee program.
Journey Protection Guarantee Program surrogacy costs in Kentucky:
Surrogacy only: $148,750
Surrogacy plus egg donation: $172,750
(both prices exclude IVF)
Our Journey Protection Guarantee offers intended parents:
Circle's costs include all agency fees, attorneys’ fees, screening and surrogate fees, and insurance costs. They do not include IVF costs.
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.
Some intended parents may have the opportunity to qualify for financing for their journey. Please speak with our Parent Intake Team or Consultation Team or fill out this form.
An important part of your surrogacy journey will be finding a surrogate mother. We work with gestational surrogates in Kentucky and surrounding states to help you find the surrogate match that’s right for you.
If you're navigating your surrogacy journey without the assistance of an agency, it's important to think about what's important to you in your gestational carrier. It's also essential to know what you're looking for to determine if your surrogacy agency has presented you with a good match.
If you choose to work with us, we ask that you fill out a profile so we can match you to an appropriate surrogate.
The information we gather for the profile will include:
Additionally, being open to sharing photos of yourself and your loved ones and any other personal information will help us find the best possible surrogate match for you.
Your Matching Specialist uses your information, your geographic location, and views on termination to find you the best possible surrogate match. It’s important to be honest when thinking about how you answer these questions.
Your preferences on other issues also help us to match you with your gestational carrier, including:
You can use these criteria as guidelines as to what you should look for in a suitable match if you choose to pursue surrogacy without the assistance of an agency.
Keep these 3 factors in mind as you search for a surrogate mother in Kentucky:
Appropriate legal fit: Our legal department always ensures potential gestational carriers meet both general and state-specific legal criteria before surrogate profiles are presented to intended parents.
Personality fit and surrogacy expectations: We want both surrogates and intended parents to have a comfortable relationship throughout the journey. That’s why your Program Coordination team reviews the list of safe matches provided by the legal team to ensure good personality fits.
Expectations surrounding termination and selective reduction: In our experience, intended parents often prefer to make the choice regarding termination. It's important that surrogates and intended parents share similar views about the termination of a pregnancy if a situation develops in which a reduction or termination is considered.
A fertile woman can donate her eggs to a couple or individual looking to start a family. The egg donor can be the intended parent herself or a surrogate for heterosexual or same-sex couples/individuals.
What is the process for finding an egg donor in Kentucky? Circle Surrogacy helps you navigate the process every step of the way and helps you coordinate with an IVF clinic of your choice. Intended parents can start their search for an egg donor using an egg donor database. Our egg donor database can be searched by certain criteria and is easy to use and navigate.
Our experienced social workers and program coordinators are here to help surrogates navigate the process at every stage. If you are interested in becoming a surrogate or just looking for more information before making your decision, you can talk to an experienced surrogate or Surrogate Advisor to gain more insight into the surrogacy journey.
Here is an overview of the surrogacy process:
Learn more about the surrogacy process at Circle.
Who is a good candidate to become a surrogate mother? Women who are kind, generous, caring, and eager to give someone the ultimate gift of a child. Surrogate mothers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Could this be you?
What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate?
Kentucky residents who would like to apply to become surrogate mothers must:
Additional requirements for becoming a surrogate also apply in most states.
Women choose to become surrogates for a variety of reasons, such as pride in helping others start their own families and generous financial compensation. Women who wish to become surrogate mothers enjoy benefits such as:
We created the Circle Surrogate Promise because we truly care about our carriers and want each of them to have the most successful and rewarding journey possible. This program evolved after carriers shared their thoughts with their social workers or during exit interviews. Those conversations led us to improve our offerings to our gestational carriers.
Guaranteed Pay, Security, and Support
The Circle Surrogate Promise is a program exclusive to Circle surrogates; no other agency can offer the same level of security and support.
Circle Surrogacy promises:
When you choose to be a surrogate mother, you are making more than just a physical commitment—you’re devoting yourself emotionally too. With input from previous surrogates, Circle Surrogacy created a compensation and benefits program to recognize this extraordinary dedication from surrogates and their families. This surrogate payment provides surrogates with security, benefits, and protection that are unmatched by any other agency.
Our new Surrogate Pay & Family Protection Program provides the following benefits:
Are you still in the process of evaluating other agencies based on compensation? If so, we would love to discuss compensation with you. We can match those offers and promise you’ll have an unparalleled surrogacy experience with us.
You can calculate your base compensation with our payment calculator to see how much you could earn as a surrogate in Kentucky.
Payments Before You Are Pregnant
Signing payments and payments for your medical screening are examples of compensation provided by Circle early in the surrogacy process. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
Payments During and After Surrogacy
Circle compensates surrogates for their necessities during and after pregnancy, including maternity clothing, housekeeping, pumping and shipping breast milk, and more. These payments are in addition to your base compensation.
Surrogates receive other non-monetary benefits—in addition to financial compensation—that are priceless in ensuring they’re protected and have a smooth journey. These benefits include legal counsel, life insurance, and more.
Circle Surrogacy is leading the way in the surrogacy field with more than 25 years of experience and compassionate care for intended parents and surrogate mothers. We support both intended parents and surrogate mothers from the very first day and throughout the entire surrogacy process.
We help surrogates navigate the screening process, ensuring they match with the perfect intended parents, and guide them through the legal and social work aspects of surrogate parenting.
Our team includes experienced surrogates who are passionate about what they do and committed to supporting surrogates throughout their journeys. We bring our expertise in legal, social, and medical aspects of the surrogacy process and can answer any question you may have.
When you need a lawyer to review legal contracts, we'll recommend an attorney in your area with whom we've worked previously and who is thoroughly knowledgeable about Assisted Reproductive Technology law. We can connect you with reliable experts whenever needed. To learn more about being a surrogate, read our blog post about the 10 steps to becoming a surrogate.
The prospective parents you help will be part of an incredible, intimate journey with you. And it's why Circle Surrogacy has developed a thorough matching process.
Your Surrogate Support Team uses personality profiles to find the perfect intended parent(s) for you. You’ll get to review each other’s profiles, ask questions, and generally get a feel for whether you’re right for one another. We also help schedule your initial video call. The goal is to make sure both you and the intended parent(s) feel completely comfortable with the match. And, of course, the surrogacy agreement only moves forward if you’re all satisfied with the match.
Circle works with single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual couples, domestic and international couples, and others. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a great match.