Choosing an LGBT+ Surrogacy Agency

Conceptual Options has been helping LGBT+ couples and individuals have children since 1999. There are special legal, medical, and cultural considerations for the LGBT+ community when considering surrogacy and our expert staff is here to guide you on this journey. We have helped create over 1,000 families and specialize in LGBT+ surrogacy for intended parents and surrogate mothers who want to carry a child for gay parents.

Choosing an LGBT+ Surrogacy Agency

Conceptual Options has been helping LGBT+ couples and individuals have children since 1999. There are special legal, medical, and cultural considerations for the LGBT+ community when considering surrogacy and our expert staff is here to guide you on this journey. We have helped create over 1,000 families and specialize in LGBT+ surrogacy for intended parents and surrogate mothers who want to carry a child for gay parents.

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Why Conceptual Options?

We’ve seen it all. LGBT+ surrogacy comes with questions and decisions that are different than traditional (heterosexual) surrogacy. For example, gay couples will necessarily either need an egg donor or sperm donor. In the case of two gay men, a surrogate mother is required as well. Not only does Conceptual Options have the highest-quality egg donor database in the world, but we also have surrogate mothers specifically looking to help gay couples. The reality is the LGBT+ community is entitled to the same drive to build a family as anyone else. Sexual orientation is not a factor.

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We’re Located in the Most Progressive State: California

We are located in San Diego, California, but you don’t need to be. We are an international surrogacy agency helping people all over the world. We are headquartered in California because it is the most legally and culturally progressive place in the world for LGBT+ people to have children through surrogacy. We can help people no matter where they are located, whether that be another state or even a different country.

What is the First Step?

Simply reaching out. Once you have considered having children, the first step is to reach out and answer some basic questions about surrogacy. There is perhaps no more impactful decision you will make in your entire life than to have a child. Even if you are not ready to move forward, we are happy to educate you on the process of surrogacy and what to expect. Our staff is friendly and experienced and eager to help.

Is LGBT+/Gay Surrogacy Legal?

Yes. The State of California does not recognize sexual orientation as a factor in surrogacy. The same is true for same-sex vs. heterosexual couples or LGBT+ individuals of any kind. Conceptual Options is located in California, so intended parents from any state or country can take advantage of the State’s progressive surrogacy laws.

How do I find an LGBT-friendly surrogate?

Conceptual Options will help match you to your perfect surrogate mother. We have the highest-quality surrogate mothers globally, many of them eager to help LGBT+ parents grow their families. Our surrogate mothers go through a rigorous screening process to ensure everyone’s expectations are met.

How so I select an egg donor?

In the case of two gay men, an egg donor is required. In the case of a lesbian couple, an egg donor might be required due to infertility, age, or medical reasons. Selecting your egg donor is a very personalized decision – you may choose to select for athleticism, intelligence, or traits similar to one or both parents. Conceptual Options has the highest-quality egg donor database in the world.

How to decide whose egg or sperm to use?

If both gay men have viable sperm or both women of a lesbian couple have viable eggs, a decision needs to be made on whom the biological parent will be. This is another highly personalized decision in which there is no right or wrong answer. In some cases, one parent might have more desirable characteristics, or perhaps a genetic medical condition makes a choice obvious. Or perhaps one parent already has a child from a previous relationship.

Will my name be on the child’s birth certificate?

Yes, the State of California permits same-sex couples or individuals to be listed on the birth certificate. They can be listed as either Mother, Father, or Parent. Parents can receive the birth certificate 5-10 days after the child is born.

Do I need to be married to my partner?

No. California does not require an LGBT+ parent or any other type of parent to be married or in a relationship. Individuals have the same rights to pursue surrogacy as couples.

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