Excellence in Surrogacy Support
From the moment you contact Family Source Consultants, your journey will be guided by empathetic women who are not only experts in third-party reproduction but have experienced the journey first-hand.
Our Surrogacy Admissions & Match Manager, Intake Coordinators, Admissions & Match Coordinators, and Case Coordinators each offer a unique and valuable source of insight and reassurance during your journey.
We understand and respect that each surrogate has individual needs, and while some may enjoy regular ongoing contact with our Coordinators, others have little need or desire for this type of support. We’ll be there as often (or as little) as you’re comfortable with.
For those who prefer the support of a group versus an individual relationship with our Coordinators, we offer a very active online surrogacy support group comprised of surrogates throughout the United States in all stages of their journey, as well as virtual and in-person group meetings for surrogates.
The Surrogate Intake Process
When you first contact Family Source Consultants, your intake process will be guided by a member of our Surrogate Intake Coordinators who will help ensure that you meet the qualifications to join our surrogate program and assist you in completing your application, if needed.
After your application is received and reviewed, you will meet with one of our Surrogate Intake Coordinators via video call to discuss the surrogacy process, answer any questions you may have about becoming a surrogate, go over your application, and help you gather all of the necessary documents and medical records to complete your profile.
Completing Your Surrogate Profile
After your intake call, our Surrogate Intake Coordinators will work behind the scenes to complete your surrogate profile.
The initial intake process may take one to three months and includes:
- Review of compensation
- Discussion of matching process
- Completion of all documents
- Completion of Surrogate Profile that will be shared with Intended parents
- Obtain all prenatal and delivery records
- Obtain OB clearance forms
- Obtain recent PAP results (If most recent PAP is older than 3 years, you will need to have a new PAP performed)
- Obtain insurance cards and explanation of benefits booklet (EOB)
- Background check completed on surrogate and partner
- Mental health evaluation conducted in house by Licensed Mental Health Professionals on surrogate and partne
Making a Match
Making a great and well-connected match is the highest priority at Family Source Consultants. Our CEO Staci Swiderski understands the fragility of the matching process personally; it is an extremely emotional and intimate experience, and making the proper match takes skill and intuition.
Staci is a mother through Surrogacy and can appreciate the gamut of emotions that the matching process can evoke. Having made over a thousand successful matches is a testimony to her expertise.
Staci carries the knowledge and personal experience related to third-party reproduction and family building that helps FSC to build families through a compassionate, empathetic, individualized, and heart-based approach.
Our Surrogate Admissions and Match Team are made up of experienced surrogates, so they understand the importance of finding the right intended parent match. They also work closely with the Director of Clinical and Match Management, Erica Almendarez, to ensure that all criteria that our surrogates and intended parents have are in alignment before profiles are shared.
While the medical and physical requirements of the IP’s clinic are important, the team also wants to be sure that you will connect with your intended parents on a personal level. Criteria like communication preferences, surrogate travel preferences, and personality are all considered when deciding which intended parent profiles to share.
We work hard to find the right match for you the first time!
Your Surrogacy Journey Begins
Once you’ve matched, our Surrogacy Support Manager, Denise Conner, will be in contact with you and your Case Manager regularly to ensure that any concerns you may have are addressed.
Denise struggled for years to get pregnant, suffering multiple miscarriages before finally determining that she needed the help of an egg donor to conceive. At the time, she had no idea of the impact that decision would have on her life!
The birth of her twin girls helped her realize how lucky she was to have the ability to carry her own children, even if she needed help conceiving them. Becoming a mother gave her the desire to help another woman become a mother, so Denise began another journey – this time as a Surrogate! In 2013, Denise gave birth to a beautiful little girl who is the center of her parents’ entire world.
As our Surrogacy Support Manager, Denise is able to share her own personal experiences of infertility and surrogacy with others currently going through the same. She provides emotional support to all surrogates throughout the entire journey, including the postpartum period. Denise also coordinates several Surrogacy Support Group meetings each month for surrogates in the Chicago area.
Denise says, “I’ve met SO many wonderful people because of that decision that I would have never known had infertility never happened to me. What started as a difficult journey continues as the greatest blessing in my life.”
IVF, Pregnancy & Birth
As your journey is in full swing, you’ll be in the veteran hands of one of our Case Coordinators, led by a seasoned case coordinator, Danielle Guaderrama, who is now the Director of Case Management. An experienced surrogate, Danielle is able to offer in-depth knowledge of what the IVF process entails, as well as helpful tips to make the process go smoothly.
Danielle Guaderrama, Director of Case Management
Danielle always knew that she wanted to become a mother. After marrying her high school sweetheart, that dream came true, and they went on to have two sons and two daughters.
They knew their family was complete. Still, Danielle knew that she was not done with pregnancy and had a strong desire to help others who had been dreaming of becoming parents. In 2010, Danielle decided to become a gestational surrogate.
One of Danielle’s greatest achievements was completing four surrogate journeys with Family Source Consultants, carrying three singletons and a set of twins (all boys!).
Seeing the joy and elation on the parents’ faces when the babies were born was one of the most special moments in her life.
Danielle says, “I absolutely love encouraging and guiding women as they walk through this amazing journey, helping to grow families.”
Once you’re a member of the FSC Family, you’re always a member of the FSC Family. Should any concerns arise after your journey ends, we’re here to help. Our Coordinators can easily be reached by phone, email, or text message. We also welcome you to continue attending our monthly in-person support dinners, as well as participating in our online support group. After all, the best support is provided by people who’ve experienced the journey themselves!
Thanks to the giving spirit of women such as yourself, there are many joyful parents around the world whose hearts and lives have been fulfilled by the children they so wanted. TeamFSC looks forward to welcoming you into our Family and guiding you through this amazing and miraculous process!