Our Surrogacy Program in Illinois
Fertility Source Companies helps intended parents (IPs) and prospective surrogates locate each other through our exclusive surrogate database and matching program. Fertility Source Companies has extensive experience guiding the surrogacy journey for IPs and surrogates from all over Illinois, including Chicago, Rockford, Belleville, Dekalb, and beyond.
Finding a Surrogate in Illinois
Throughout your family planning journey, Fertility Source Companies offers support and assistance from our expert team of professionals. We will match you with the right gestational surrogate based on your top priorities. Our team is available to assist during every step of the process, from the initial application to screening surrogates and selecting the right gestational surrogate for you.
Surrogacy Laws in Illinois
The surrogacy laws in Illinois help to protect the rights of surrogates and intended parents who enter into surrogacy contracts; the law is called the “Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act.” Surrogacy is very complex legally; therefore, it’s essential to consult with a fertility law attorney to be certain you understand the laws in Illinois and to get help putting a legal surrogacy contract in place. While Fertility Source Companies doesn’t give legal advice, we are here to support you and point you in the right direction, with available legal resources to ensure a successful surrogacy journey.
Surrogate Costs & Fees in Illinois
The cost of hiring a gestational surrogate in Illinois is between $100,000 and $125,000. This includes the Fertility Source Companies surrogacy agency fee, surrogate screenings, legal consultation, and the surrogate compensation package. Learn more about surrogacy costs and fees.
How Surrogates Are Screened in Illinois
The team at Fertility Source Companies meticulously screens potential gestational surrogates, leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure their qualifications and readiness for the profound commitment ahead. Our on-staff RN diligently examines their past pregnancies for any complications, while mental and medical professionals administer comprehensive psychiatric and medical assessments. We also perform criminal background checks and partner screenings, as well as evaluate the surrogate's level of commitment.
Surrogacy FAQs for Intended Parents
Before bringing the baby home, international IPs must usually wait two to three weeks for passports to be issued and completion of legal paperwork.
Fertility Source Companies only works with gestational surrogates, who are not genetically related to the baby. To have a baby through surrogacy, the IPs or a donor must provide the egg.
In most cases, an attorney will apply for a pre-birth order before the baby is born; the order is then sent to the hospital, and the intended parent’s name is entered as the legal birth name on the baby's birth certificate.
Become a Surrogate in Illinois
Intended parents unable to conceive a baby on their own may use a gestational surrogate to carry a pregnancy for them. When becoming a surrogate in Illinois, you can expect many benefits in addition to the personal rewards you will experience.
Why Become a Surrogate in Illinois
It has been said that surrogacy is one of life's most rewarding experiences. There is a special bond between gestational surrogates and IPs that few other relationships can replicate. Many of these relationships end up as lifelong friendships. Aside from the emotional satisfaction of helping a single person or couple struggling with infertility, there are numerous other benefits, including generous surrogacy compensation and pay.
Surrogate Requirements in Illinois
There are several requirements that surrogate candidates must meet before they can get matched with intended parents, including:
- A strict age requirement (i.e., between the ages of 21 and 43)
- A history of at least one healthy pregnancy.
- Non-smokers and non-drug users
- Have excellent physical and mental health
- Have a healthy height-to-weight ratio (i.e., BMI)
- Have a stable home environment
- Have reliable transportation
- Pass a criminal background check and physical and mental health screenings
The Surrogacy Process
There are many steps involved in the surrogacy process, including:
- The initial application
- Submission of history of medical conditions (including pregnancy history)
- Testing and screening (usually takes two to four weeks)
- A comprehensive evaluation of you and your partner (if applicable), including a criminal background check and mental health evaluation
- Selection and matching
- Review the IPs’ profiles to decide if you want to meet with them
- A match meeting
- The final decision on working with a specific IP/couple
- Comprehensive physical exam at the IP’s fertility clinic
- Consultation with an assigned attorney to review and finalize the surrogacy contract
- Fertility medication self-injections to prepare the body for pregnancy
- Embryo transfer at IP’s fertility clinic
- Blood tests and ultrasound to confirm pregnancy
- Visit with your OB/GYN doctor for pregnancy checkups and delivery
Surrogacy Pay & Compensation in Illinois
Surrogate pay in Illinois is approximately $55,000 for the base pay, which compensates surrogates for their time and effort, and helps cover living expenses. Once the baby’s fetal heart rate is noted, compensation will begin, dispersed in monthly installment payments. In addition to the base pay, other expenses are covered, such as medical expenses, maternity clothes, travel expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs. Find out more about surrogate pay and compensation.
Are you ready to become a surrogate? We’ve worked with surrogates from all over Illinois, including but not limited to, Chicago, Springfield, and Rockford. Start your surrogacy journey and apply today!
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Become a Surrogate in Illinois
A gestational carrier (surrogate) carries a pregnancy for an individual or a couple (IPs). The baby is not genetically related to the gestational surrogate.
There are risks associated with surrogacy just like those associated with pregnancy, including mild symptoms (e.g., morning sickness, swelling, etc.) and more serious health risks like gestational diabetes.
No, all expenses related to your surrogate pregnancy, including travel expenses, maternity clothing, and other out-of-pocket costs will be reimbursed by the intended parents (in addition to the base compensation rate).
Our Partner Clinics in Illinois
Fertility Source Companies partners with many fertility clinics across Illinois, including in Chicago, Rockford, Belleville, Dekalb, and beyond. You’ll find the contact information and website addresses of each of our partner clinics in Illinois listed below.
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
30 Tower Court, Suite F
Gurnee, IL 60031
Advanced Reproductive Center
435 N. Mulford Rd. Suite 9
Rockford, IL 61107
1513 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435
10811 West 143rd Street, Suite 120
Orland Park, IL 60467
North Shore Fertility
5225 Old Orchard Rd. Suite 17
Skokie, IL 60077
28375 Davis Parkway, Suite 903
Warrenville, IL 60555
University of Chicago Center for Reproductive Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago IL 60637
Rush Center for Advanced Reproductive Care
1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 217 (Elevator 1)
Chicago, IL 60612
333 S. Desplaines, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60661
Davies Fertility IVF Specialists, INC.
2640 Patriot Blvd, Suite 260
Glenview, IL 60026
Fertility Centers of Illinois
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, IL 60610
Reproductive Medicine Institute
2425 W 22nd St, Suite 200
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Reproductive Medicine Institute
4709 Golf Rd., Suite 1000
Skokie, IL 6007
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