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 Intake Manager, Surrogacy Program Coordinators and Surrogacy Support Coordinator 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 in-person group meetings for Surrogates located in the areas of Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and Miami, FL.
The Intake Process
When you first contact FSC, your intake process will be guided by Carrissa Henshaw, our Surrogacy Intake Manager.
Carrissa joined the FSC team after making the decision to become a Gestational Surrogate herself. Deep into her surrogacy journey, she realized how inspired she was by the ability to help people in such an honorable way. This gave her the hope to someday work in the field of surrogacy as more than just a surrogate.
Once your Gestational Surrogate application has been reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirements to become a surrogate, Carrissa will make initial contact and schedule a face to face or Skype interview to discuss all that the surrogacy process entails.
The initial intake process may take one to three months and includes:
- Review of application
- Review of compensation
- Discussion of matching process
- Completion of all documents
- Background check completed on surrogate and spouse
- Psychological testing /evaluation
- Obtain all prenatal and delivery records
- Obtain OB clearance forms
- Obtain recent PAP results (not older than a year)
- Obtain insurance cards and explanation of benefits booklet (EOB)
In addition to helping guide potential gestational surrogates through the intake process of their surrogacy journey, Carrissa plays an integral role in our Florida Surrogate support groups, where she facilitates and attends monthly meetings with our FSC Surrogates.
Making a Match
Making a great match is of the highest priority at Family Source. Our Co-founders Zara Griswold and Staci Swiderski personally handle each match, ensuring that all parties have similar expectations for their journey. Surrogacy is an extremely emotional and intimate experience and making the proper match takes not only skill, but intuition.
Zara and Staci are both mothers through Surrogacy and can appreciate the gamut of emotions that the matching process can evoke. Having made nearly a thousand successful matches is a testimony to their expertise.
Your Surrogacy Journey Begins
Once you’ve matched, our Surrogacy Support Coordinator, Denise Conner, will be in contact with you and your Program Coordinator 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 Coordinator, 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 Program Coordinators, like Ronda Blair or Megan Steinecke. Both experienced surrogates, Ronda and Megan are able to offer in-depth knowledge of what the IVF process entails, as well as helpful tips to make the process go smoothly.
Megan Steinecke, Program Coordinator
Now a three-time Surrogate, Megan was initially led to Family Source Consultants in 2012 after learning that close friends were struggling to create a family. She was matched with a wonderful set of Intended Fathers and formed a close bond with them during her pregnancy with their first daughter, who was born in 2013. Two years later, she was honored to carry their second daughter!
After her second surrogacy journey, Megan was drawn to be involved in the Surrogacy world on a whole new level. She pursued a career with FSC and was hired as a Program Coordinator, guiding Surrogates and Intended Parents through their Surrogacy journey. “Love what you do and do what you love!” became Megan’s motto.
Megan began to consider another Surrogacy journey after her sibling journey. While reading a profile from a set of Intended Fathers, she instantly felt that she was the surrogate they were searching for. She saw so much of herself and her husband in the couple that she knew she was meant to be matched with them! In 2016, her third surrogacy journey came to an end with the birth of a perfect baby boy.
Megan says “Surrogates seem to form their own community. Being a part of that community myself helps me to connect with our Surrogates and offer support throughout their journey.”
Ronda Blair, Program Coordinator
Ronda was originally drawn to adoption or fostering, but when she learned about Surrogacy, she realized it was the perfect way for her to help others. She first came to FSC in 2013 and was matched with a same sex couple from France. After delivering their twins, Ronda continues to have a wonderful relationship with her Intended Parents.
She had such a fantastic first experience that she decided to become a Surrogate again in 2015. This time, she was matched with a same-sex couple from Spain. Unfortunately, her first transfer was unsuccessful, but the second transfer resulted in the birth of a healthy baby girl! During her pregnancy, she and her Intended Parents agreed that they’d like to work together again for a sibling, so Ronda is currently beginning her third Surrogacy journey!
Ronda knew that she wanted to continue being involved in Surrogacy even after her days as an active surrogate were over, so a career with FSC was the perfect match. Being a Surrogate herself helps her to better understand the needs and answer the questions of the Surrogates that she guides. It also gives her a unique ability to relieve any fears Intended Parents may have by talking with them about her personal experiences as a Surrogate.
Ronda says “I have a passion for helping to create families. I hope to be able to be involved with creating many more families with Family Source!”
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, text message, facebook messenger or through live chat on our website. 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!