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ConceiveAbilities Rises to the Increased Demand for Surrogates and Egg Donors With a Newly Expanding Legal Program

2020-03-03

The use of gestational carriers for families wanting children is on the rise. That’s why ConceiveAbilities is there to support the family building process another step further with a newly expanding legal team and legal services.

To think that surrogacy only went mainstream in the mid-eighties and now the global surrogacy market is expected to reach $27.5 billion through 2025, estimates the Global Market Insights. According to the “Assisted Reproductive Technology Fertility Clinic Success Rate Report 2017,” released in October by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Division of Reproductive Health (CDC), surrogacy accounts for roughly over 6% of all embryo transfers (IVF). And a survey done by the Family Equality Council estimates that 63% of LGBTQ people planning families will consider assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) to become parents.

To meet this increasing need for expanding families with the use of gestational carriers and egg donors, Chicago-based ConceiveAbilities is in the process of adding to an already extensive legal program. Director of Legal Services of ConceiveAbilities, Gina-Marie Madow, Esq. is now joined by attorney, Melissa Torto, Esq. bringing years of assisted reproductive technologies law experience to provide legal oversight of the entire surrogacy process, from start to finish.

Expanded legal services will include:

  • Providing intended parents with legal education and oversight throughout the surrogacy and/or egg donation process
  • Determining legally sound matches
  • Establishing direct representation of intended parents for their contracts with gestational carriers and egg donors
  • Assisting and overseeing intended parents establishment of their parental rights
  • Working with local counsel in other states and countries for specific legal support as necessary as well as to stay current with ever-evolving laws

Gina-Marie Madow has spent her entire career assisting thousands of parents with all aspects of their surrogacy and egg donation journeys. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law and has been involved in ART law for 12 years. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts for surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation, as well as the legal work related to the establishment of parentage and insurance reviews and appeals. She assists a broad, global client base of intended parents that include members of the LGBTQ community as well as heterosexual couples/individuals.

Melissa Torto comes to ConceiveAbilities with extensive knowledge of ART law and has worked as an ART and Surrogacy Attorney since graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 2015. She expertly assists intended parents with drafting and negotiating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, completing the parentage process for intended parents, as well as insurance reviews and appeals. She does surrogacy outreach by visiting clinics and attending Family and Surrogacy Law conferences.

Since 1996, ConceiveAbilities advocates on behalf of intended parents who want to grow their families. Support throughout includes gestational carrier and egg donor recruitment, intake, education, agency screening and matching assistance as well as legal, mental health and financial. ConceiveAbilities was among the first to develop a detailed gestational surrogacy offering and agency screening program. Its proprietary Matching MattersTM process connects gestational carriers with intended parents with a 97% success rate after the first meeting. ConceiveAbilities has the largest national footprint in the surrogacy field and has served thousands of families by giving them the support and peace of mind they need every step of the way. We’re also proudly certified by the Family Equality Council as an official Open Door LGBTQ+ family building agency.

For more information on surrogacy, egg donation and the expanding legal program at ConceiveAbilities, contact us or visit conceiveabilities.com.