Intended Parents

Comparing Surrogacy Agencies

*Video Courtesy of American Surrogacy

Key Points:
  • Surrogacy agencies provide services and support throughout the process.
  • The surrogacy agency you choose can make or break your chances of having an enjoyable, successful surrogacy.
  • The two areas that an agency can impact the most are the length of your wait time and the quality of your surrogate match.

Of all the choices you make, there are only a small handful of decisions that can truly change the direction of your life. There may be no more important decision for your family’s future than the surrogacy agency you choose to work with.

Your surrogacy agency will have an outsized influence on the overall success of your process. This guide compares several of the most popular surrogacy agencies so that you can make the best choice.

If you’d like to learn more by speaking with a surrogacy specialist, you can get in touch with us today.

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Surrogacy Agency Comparison: A Review of the Top Surrogacy Agencies in 2023

Below, you’ll find accurate and up-to-date information on several of the most popular surrogacy agencies. We’ve highlighted several of the most important factors for parents with each agency: Wait times, surrogate screening standards, and cost.


Choosing the right agency can make or break your experience, impact how long you wait to become a parent and the support you receive along the way.

American Surrogacy

About: American Surrogacy, along with its adoption services, has built more than 13,000 families over 30 years and offers a comprehensive list of services, including increased marketing to more surrogates to help families see their dream of parenthood become a reality.

Wait Time: 30-90 days.

Surrogate Screening: All surrogate candidates are pre-screened before matching.

Cost: $113,000 – $184,900

Circle Surrogacy

About: Circle surrogacy is one of the larger national surrogacy agencies that has a broader outreach to surrogates for increased matching opportunities for families.

Wait Time: 4 months.

Surrogate Screening: All surrogates are pre-screened.

Cost: $80,000 – $200,000 

Growing Generations

About: Growing Generations is another larger national agency that has a history of building families and offering a more complete list of services compared to smaller local agencies. 

Wait Time: 12-18 months.

Surrogate Screening: All surrogates are pre-screened.

Cost: $179,600 – $309, 600 depending on which package you choose.

Are There Surrogacy Agencies Near Me?

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find smaller, local surrogacy agencies near you. These smaller agencies can be great for some situations, but they also come with several drawbacks that are worth considering.

  • Local surrogacy agencies can be great for: Intended parents with a lower budget who are OK with a longer wait time and fewer options for a surrogate match.
  • Local agencies can be the wrong choice if: You value a short wait time and want to be sure you are matched with the right surrogate.

Ultimately, factoring in wait times, surrogate screening, marketing and outreach, and costs requires them to make a decision as to what they value most.

We always ask our families how long they are willing to wait to become parents. If you can afford to wait, smaller agencies that offer a lower budget may be the best option. However, it’s important to remember that cost is directly related to time and services–among them being marketing and the number of surrogates and agency reaches.

How Does My Agency Impact My Experience?

Over time, we’ve found that couples like you want two things:

  1. Low surrogacy wait times.
  2. Highly qualified surrogates.

While those sound different, they are actually directly related. Wait times encompass the entire process, how efficient it is and the level of services an agency provides.

Highly qualified surrogates increase your chances of success, but they also lower your wait times because they are fully screened and prepared to move forward in the process.

Unfortunately, many agencies match families with surrogates who still require evaluation, adding to the wait time and creating unnecessary financial loss because those families must absorb those costs.

You don’t deserve to wait any longer. We encourage you to contact us online today to get more information on comparing surrogacy agencies and finding the right fit for your family.

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