Leading Surrogate Agency in Chicago

Choose ConceiveAbilities As Your Chicago Surrogacy Agency

ConceiveAbilities is a leading surrogacy center in Chicago, matching intended parents with Illinois surrogates like you throughout the Midwest and across the United States. As your local surrogate agency in Illinois, we are here to support every step of your surrogacy journey. We have helped hundreds of women become surrogates in Chicago and in Illinois.

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What Sets ConceiveAbilities Apart from Other Surrogacy Agencies in Illinois?

As one of the oldest agencies in America headquartered in Chicago, we have the on-the-ground experience to protect your interests as a surrogate at every step, so you can focus on the joy of helping another family build their family and get paid well for doing so. We’ve been at the forefront of a changing landscape for twenty-four years and counting, alongside Illinois’s finest doctors and professionals in gestational surrogacy.

ConceiveAbilities invests in building a large community of available surrogates because, simply, surrogates sit at the very heart of our program.

  • Read more about our process, including how we find your perfect intended parents.
  • Our surrogate compensation package is one of the most generous, and well-planned, in the field. Use our personalized calculator to find out what you can earn in Illinois.
  • Our surrogate requirements make sure your surrogacy journey is as healthy and successful as possible. Review these basic criteria to find out if you qualify as a surrogate candidate.

Founded by Chicagoan Nazca Fontes, ConceiveAbilities is proud to call Chicagoland home. Our Downtown Chicago office is in West Loop (at Ogilvie) to make becoming a surrogate in Wilmette, Aurora, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Evanston, Joliet, Lake Forest, Glencoe, Highland Park, Bloomington, Rockford, Carbondale, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, Rockford and all Illinois locales convenient. And, we work with ease through our own online platform to ensure surrogacy is efficient and safe for you.

Is Surrogacy in Illinois Legal?

Yes. The Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act authorizes gestational surrogacy in Illinois (750 ILCS 47/1-47/45). The statute requires that certifications be filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health prior to the birth and then intended parents name(s) are placed on the child's birth certificate. The statute applies to married couples, unmarried couples, and single individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or genetic link to the child. While pre-birth orders are not required by the statute, they can usually be obtained if desired by intended parents. Administrative procedures in the statute do not require a hearing to obtain a pre-birth order. Working with ConceiveAbilities, you can be confident that your intended parents will be granted parentage and go home with the baby that you help bring into the world.

Illinois Surrogacy: What You Need To Know

From helping you do your research on the best Illinois surrogacy agency to matching you with a family, ConceiveAbilities is honored to make your dream of being a surrogate come true. We are happy to answer all of your surrogacy questions and we also know how valuable it is to be able to speak with someone who has had a shared experience. We have a rich resource group of past Illinois surrogate advocates who have volunteered to speak with you about the process.

Our five Illinois Surrogate Advocates are ready to share their personal experiences as ConceiveAbilities surrogates in Illinois and answer any surrogacy questions you have directly.

Danielle Calka is a Chicago native. She and her husband of over ten years have lived in the Windy City nearly their entire lives. Not only is she a mom of two pre-teen daughters, she serves as a teacher’s aide for a preschool and is studying for her teacher’s degree. For her, surrogacy was just one more way to help families feel whole. Danielle wishes she could have carried a dozen more times, and now the calling continues for her as she provides support as an advocate to women considering surrogacy.

Amie Heckermann, Pingree Grove, Illinois, has owned and operated a home daycare since her family moved to Illinois from Florida in 2007. She is married to her best friend and, after over 15 years together, she still refers to him as her "boyfriend”. Amie is a proud mother of four kiddos. One is in college, two are teenagers & driving, and the fourth is a sassy & sweet 10-year-old. Being a surrogate was such a fun and fulfilling experience for Amie and her family that she did it twice. Amie started a YouTube channel to document her journey and help educate others about surrogacy. You can find her story at HappieAmie.

Amanda Dickrell, Plainfield, Illinois, is a registered nurse. She and her husband have been married 15 years with two children, a son and daughter. After giving birth to her own kids and knowing her family was complete, Amanda wanted to change someone’s life by giving them the most amazing gift in the world: parenthood. After completing two surrogacy journeys and helping to create and complete a family, she feels she has met her goal of doing something extra special with her life. She takes great pride in having helped other families and is happy to chat with anyone considering surrogacy.

Ashley Garcia, of Poplar Grove, Illinois, delivered as a surrogate in January 2020. She loves being pregnant and found her first journey to be so rewarding that she is considering a second journey. Ashley has been with her husband for over 11 years. They have two children together and own their own photography and videography business. She is very open with all aspects of her surrogacy journey and is happy to chat with anyone who may have questions.

Our Bloomington-Normal Surrogate Advocate, Brittany Gonslaves, is a 2-time surrogate mother, military wife, mom of a five year old daughter and two dogs and labor and delivery nurse. After learning about the surrogacy process in college, she decided to become a surrogate mother in Illinois. She has completed two surrogacy journeys and loves being a part of the gestational carrier community and looks forward to sharing her experience with you.

Click here to learn more about ConceiveAbilities' surrogate advocate program and, more specifically, how to contact Danielle, Amie, Amanda, Ashley, or Brittany. We also invite you to join us at the Surrogacy Learning Center, a safe and secure online environment to learn more from a kind and giving community of joyful surrogates and fantastic experts.

Headquartered in Chicagoland, we know the Windy City as a place of innovation from the invention of skyscrapers to the birthplace of the electric blues to becoming the home of the first gay rights organization “Society for Human Rights.” We are proud to be a part of that forward-thinking tradition. As America’s third largest city, Chicago also has some of the best fertility clinics, doctors and surrogacy support experts in the world. Our deep roots here with the very best experts in the field allow us to connect you with the very best surrogacy resources available to you.

Chicago and its surrounding cities are home to nearly 10 million people who embody the diversity, open-mindedness and modern thinking that we embrace at ConceiveAbilities. Many Chicagoans including celebrities like Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Interior Design power couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have used surrogacy to build their own families. We are grateful to match Chicago surrogates and local Illinois couples struggling with infertility, gay dads and single parents-to-be to ensure the best surrogacy partnership for anyone hoping to create their family.

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Testimonials about our surrogacy agency:

Thank you to ConceiveAbilities for being such an amazing support for myself and my family, for making a wonderful match and for caring about all of the gestational surrogates as if they were your own family. This experience has been one that has changed me as a person, mother, friend and wife.

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The process for getting started is easy, confidential, and secure. Go ahead and take the first step with ConceiveAbilities. We are looking forward to getting to know you.

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