Illinois Surrogacy Agency

Surrogacy is a truly beautiful experience. That being said, it has many moving parts and the complexities may be difficult to navigate at times. If you’re considering surrogacy or becoming a surrogate yourself, rest assured. International Surrogacy Center (ISC) is here to offer you all the guidance, expertise and compassion you need!

As a trusted Illinois surrogacy agency, we’ve had the pleasure to accompany numerous women and Illinois families along their unique surrogacy journeys. We’d be delighted to be there for yours as well.

Surrogacy in Illinois

It’s important for anyone considering surrogacy to understand that each state has different laws. In Illinois, gestational surrogacy is expressly permitted, and surrogates and intended parents can expect a relatively seamless process. In fact, matching surrogates with intended parents has been successful for many years.

Of course, there is a considerable amount of legal documentation and procedures involved to adhere to Illinois surrogacy law. As such, it’s essential to have legal representation on both sides. Here at ISC, we work with a knowledgeable legal team to explain the process, prepare your contract and answer all your questions. They will ensure all statutory requirements are met and forms properly submitted to establish parentage.

How Illinois Surrogates Are Compensated

A surrogate must devote a lot of time and energy over the course of roughly a year. Because of this, she is compensated for the experience as well as any health care services that result from the IFV treatment, pregnancy and delivery. At ISC, you may expect to earn between $65,000 and $75,000 in surrogate compensation. Health care insurance may also be paid by the intended parents if uncovered.

In addition to payment, ISC surrogates also receive the opportunity to become part of our growing community. To best support the demands of pregnancy and gestational surrogacy, we offer the women we work with monthly Zoom support group meetings, spa weekends and other such opportunities so they might connect with other women facing the same challenges.

Tips on How to Choose the Right Surrogate Agency for You

It’s important to weigh your Illinois surrogacy agency options carefully to get the most out of your experience. Ways to find one that best suits you include:

  • Researching the agency’s values
  • Confirming that your goals are aligned with theirs
  • Comparing locations
  • Considering the staff’s level of experience
  • Reading client reviews and testimonials
  • Reaching out for a pre-consultation meeting

The Basic Steps to Becoming a Surrogate

After selecting an agency to best support your personal surrogacy journey, there will be a series of steps to follow. It’s all set in motion when you submit a surrogacy application. Next, an interview will be conducted to ensure you and the agency are a great fit. If all goes well, a profile will be created that is used to match you with the intended parent or parents.

As part of the matching process, surrogates and intended parents will meet to discuss goals and expectations. Once the terms are established, then contracts are drawn up, compensation is settled and the surrogate may begin fertility treatment.

Ready to Start Your Journey?

When you embark on this remarkable journey, you’ll want to have the right team on your side. As one of the best surrogacy agencies in Illinois, you can trust the ISC staff to be that team. Seeing as more than half of our staff have been surrogates themselves, we can offer first-hand guidance and a true understanding of how beautiful (yet demanding) the experience could be for you.

Let us support you through every step of becoming a surrogate, starting from the application all the way to delivering the gift of life to a loving family.

Contact us today to learn more!


Who is eligible for surrogacy in Illinois?

While the requirements for who can become a surrogate vary by agency, there are some standard qualifications regarding age, weight, previous pregnancies and lifestyle habits. ISC participants typically must:

  • Be between ages 21-40
  • Be at a BMI no higher than 33
  • Be a NON-smoker
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a history of giving birth and be raising at least one child of their own
  • Have a positive support system to help throughout the surrogacy

What’s the typical duration of a surrogacy process in Illinois?

The average duration of a journey is 12 to 15 months. Every surrogacy journey is unique and the process from applying, qualifying and all the way up to birth follows a different timeline for each surrogate.

Is there a physical office of the International Surrogacy Center in IL?

While there isn’t an ISC location in this state, you can still become a surrogate in Illinois through us. We take care of the details in virtual meetings held over Zoom.

Is there a likelihood of being connected with intended parents specifically from Illinois?

There are many Illinois families seeking local surrogates and, if it’s important to you, our team will prioritize matching you with a family as close as possible. That said, during the matching process, you may find that other factors become more important to you than the geographic proximity of the intended parents.

Could you suggest further surrogacy resources available in Illinois?

Yes, we have additional resources available to help you learn more about the ins and outs of surrogacy such as what to expect financially, legally, etc. Simply reach out to us and we’d be happy to answer any questions or provide information. You could also reference these helpful resources: