Illinois Surrogate Mothers

Surrogacy in Illinois

Illinois is one of the few states to have a surrogacy statute in place, making it one of the best states for both surrogates and intended parents.

Illinois Law Recognizes Surrogacy

Illinois is one of the best states for gestational surrogacy in the U.S. It is one of the only states in the nation that passed laws specifically addressing the surrogacy practice. The Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act was passed in 2005 and provides a framework for surrogates and intended parents to pursue the least complicated processes possible.

Pre-Birth Orders

Prior to a child’s birth through surrogacy, the gestational surrogate, intended parents, and an Illinois physician all sign consent forms to assign parentage to the intended parents. All parental rights of the intended parents have been established before a child is born so that the child’s birth certificate reflects the correct information. The courts are not involved in the process, which makes for an efficient and low-stress experience for surrogates and intended parents.

All Families Welcome

While the Gestational Surrogacy Act does not reference agreements for same-sex couples, in practice same-sex couples have been afforded the same rights under the Act.

Benefits for Surrogates in Illinois

The first payment is the $500 Expedited Screening Bonus. You are eligible to receive $500 if we receive all required paperwork (including previous Prenatal and Delivery records), medical pre-approval AND you and your primary support person complete your Social Work Screening within 3 weeks of submitting your application. In order to receive this bonus, you must match with intended parents in our program. Of note, this amount is deducted from your base fee, but will be deposited shortly after matching, prior to receiving any other surrogacy payments. Then you receive a $500 advance after you complete your medical screening. Please note, these two payments are deducted from your base fee.

  • Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Compensation based on Illinois residence
  • Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
  • Build a life-long relationship with forever grateful intended parents
  • Work with a personal program coordination team and licensed social worker
  • Consult with your legal representation to guide you through the legal process

Family and reproductive law is continually developing and changing. As such, there is no guarantee the information on this website is current or correct. Circle’s in-house legal team and referring attorneys provided the information listed, and it is not intended to be a substitute for an attorney’s legal counsel. In any individual case, you should always confer with an attorney who specializes in this area of law and is licensed to practice in the particular state at hand.

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