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The surrogacy process in New Jersey

It's important to understand and prepare for the steps in the surrogacy process as it can be complex at times. For intended parents and surrogate mothers in New Jersey, we have laid out the surrogacy process so that it's easy to understand the many milestones that lead to baby's birth!

 The process of becoming a parent through surrogacy in New Jersey.

The process of becoming a parent through surrogacy in New Jersey.

The surrogacy process can feel complex and overwhelming, as there are many moving parts. Our best advice: working with an agency can help you navigate the milestones and events throughout your journey. The intended parent process and surrogate process are different, but they both lead to the same big day: delivery day!

Circle Surrogacy has been helping straight and LGBTQ+ singles and couples grow their families through surrogacy and egg donation since opening their doors to our Boston office in 1995, making us one of the first full service surrogacy agencies in the US.

The surrogacy process for parents in New Jersey

Finding a surrogate & egg donor.

Prior to matching with your surrogate, you'll need to match with your egg donor (if needed). You can search our egg donor database where you'll find bright and ambitious young women who are excited for the opportunity to help you grow your family.

Your Program Coordination Team will help you find the perfect surrogate match, and encourage you to form a strong bond with the woman who will carry your baby(ies). If you'd like to find a surrogate with specific criteria, you can share your preference with your PC team.

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Matching Parents & Surrogates

Choosing a surrogacy agency.

Not every surrogacy agency is a good fit, finding a surrogacy agency with which you have good chemistry and who shares your views about your the surrogacy process is key to a successful journey. Beginning your journey toward surrogacy is a big step, so it's important to do your research!

Surrogacy laws vary by state, so working with an agency who has lawyers knowledgeable in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and surrogacy law is important. They will help you understand the surrogacy laws in New Jersey.

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Surrogacy laws in NJ
 How do I start the surrogacy process?

How do I start the surrogacy process?

Once you've identified surrogacy as the way you'd like to grow your family, and you've selected an agency with which you'd like to meet with, the first step is to schedule a consultation.

A surrogacy consultation is an in-depth meeting (about 2-2 1/2 hours long) with a parent intake consultant and a lawyer. This private meeting will allow us to get to know you and your story, as well as talk about surrogacy and the process as it related to your personal situation. We'll help you understand surrogacy programs and surrogacy costs, as well.

Learn more about becoming a parent.

 The surrogacy process for surrogate mothers.

The surrogacy process for surrogate mothers.

For women looking to become surrogate mothers in New Jersey, understanding what surrogacy is, and what the surrogacy process looks like is important.

The surrogacy process can move quickly or slowly, depending on your specific journey. All surrogacy journeys start out the same way: by filling out our surrogacy application. If approved, you'll hear from the Surrogate Intake Team and begin the full application process. Depending on your matching, you may be matched quickly, or it could take a few months.


As you consider parenthood, you may have questions along the way. Don't worry. With 20+ years of experience, Circle has helped intended parents navigate surrogacy and their journeys to parenthood, and have answered almost every question out there!
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 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.
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.
 Testimonials from our parents

Testimonials from our parents

We have a daughter. Because of all of you, we have a family. You’ve guided us to our dream and we are forever grateful. You have warmed our hearts, warmed our souls, and with your lovely blanket gift, warmed our precious baby girl, Pearl Anne. Thank you, with love. - Brian and Matt

We were in good hands with you.Thank you so much for your help on this journey. Our son is awesome. Top on our list of thanks is our surrogate, followed not far behind by you and the rest of the Circle team that helped make this happen. I had both kids on my lap the other day just hanging out and experienced a new kind of 'happy' - down to the core happy. - Greg

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at Circle for making our surrogacy experience truly amazing. We are overjoyed and adjusting to life with our son. Your team's dedication and attention was a testament to the agency's reputation and appreciated by us, our families and our surrogate. - J and C.

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