Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation was founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to be a parent. To this day, that belief is at the core of everything we do. For over 26 years, we've helped straight and LGBTQ+ couples and singles fulfill their dreams of parenthood. We are a full-service agency, headquartered in Boston, with an office in NYC and San Francisco. Circle has a 99.3% success rate, which is the highest in the industry and has brought over 2,400 babies (and counting!) into the world. We have a devoted team comprised of experts in the field, combined with those who have personal experiences such as former egg donors, surrogates, and parents through surrogacy, IVF, and adoption. Our innovative offerings include one all-inclusive cost that covers unlimited transfers and any complications that may arise during your journey. Our mission is to go above and beyond to grow families around the world by connecting, guiding, and supporting intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors on one of life's most extraordinary journeys. Together, we make parenthood possible.
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Participation in the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and the Membership Benefits Program:
Note: in most cases the best way to take advantage of these offers is to reach out using our REFERRAL FORM, and include your certificate number.
GPAP Stage II - 1 pro bono Agency Service(s) per year
GPAP Stage I - 30%. Annual quota: 4 cases per year.
Membership Benefits Program (MBP):
$500 off Gestational Surrogacy program (GS only)
$250 off Egg Donation program (ED only)
Restrictions: Can use both discounts if Gestational Surrogacy with Egg Donation is needed making total $750.
Circle Surrogacy Team
Sam Hyde is the President of Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. Having experienced fertility challenges when starting his own family, Sam understands firsthand the importance of support and help to fulfill dreams of parenthood. Sam and his wife are now blessed with two beautiful girls with the help of IVF. Sam earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his MBA at the University of Michigan. He then spent time with both Deloitte Consulting and McKinsey & Company helping advise and build a variety of businesses. At Circle, Sam is responsible for the overall management of the business, including meeting with prospective parents during consults. He finds the most joy both in supporting Circle's staff in their own growth and in seeing the many beautiful baby pictures that come across his desk as a result of all the hard work from the team.
Anthony Brown, Esq.
Anthony Brown is a Parent Intake Consultant for Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, as well as an Attorney and the Chairman Emeritus of Men Having Babies. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as research assistant to Nan Hunter, the founder of The Gay and Lesbian Project at the ACLU. Anthony and his husband were the subjects of CNN's, "In America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby”, a documentary about their journey of having a child through surrogacy. He is also a member of The Family Law Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Committee for Assisted Reproduction of the American Bar Association. Anthony enjoys meeting with intended parents and sharing his personal experience with surrogacy.
Outreach Associate and Attorney
Scott Buckley is the Vice President of Client Services at Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, LLC. He received his bachelors at Boston College and his law degree from Boston College Law School. In his current role as the Vice President of Client Services, Scott oversees the Circle team, as well as serving clients. He enjoys meeting with Intended Parents, whether in Boston, on Skype, or in their hometowns throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Scott has moderated and presented on panels focused on different aspects of surrogacy and egg donation; including legal, budgeting and insurance across the world. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2012.
Fabien, who is both French and Belgian, joined the Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation team as an International Outreach Associate after becoming a dad through surrogacy. Fabien earned his Master's Degree in European Law, and has worked as a lawyer in the insurance industry in France, as well as in the communication department of a non-profit organization. His passion for surrogacy and willingness to share his personal story, allows him to easily connect with International intended parents as part of the consultation legal team. Fabien is active in the gay community, and loves spending time with his daughter and son.
International Outreach Associate
Brett, who is based in the United Kingdom with his husband Matt, is Head of International Client Services for Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. He serves as a resource and support for Intended Parents from more than 25 countries around the world. Brett has more than twelve years of experience in surrogacy and has two sons, Sebastian born in 2009 and Frederick born in 2020, through the Circle Program. After his first surrogacy journey in 2009, he was inspired and compelled to join Circle. “I’m so appreciative that Circle has given me the opportunity to draw on my personal experience to help others understand surrogacy as a family building option. To be able to assist Intended Parents from all around the world and bring the dream of parenthood to a reality is a true honor”. Brett has shared his experience and expertise with numerous publications and TV programs, and has presented at conferences throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dean has been part of the Circle Surrogacy family since 2004. In addition to being Circle’s Vice President of Legal Services, Dean is also an Attorney and the Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond and his Law Degree from Suffolk University. Dean has managed thousands of ART matters over the course of his career and has organized and presented on many panels – both US and International - on the legal aspects of surrogacy and egg donation. Dean is also very involved in surrogacy and third party reproductive advocacy, drafting and testifying in support of legislation before the Massachusetts Legislature. In his current role as the Vice President of Legal Services, Dean oversees Circle Surrogacy’s full legal team, and works closely with Intended Parents on their journeys. He enjoys meeting with Intended Parents, whether in Circle’s offices or via Zoom, as well as visiting them in their hometowns throughout the world. Dean is married with 3 beautiful children and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine each year since 2009.
Jen Rachman, LCSW
Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, cancer survivor and mother through gestational surrogacy. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and has over a decade of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families. A former Circle client, Jen is excited to combine her professional and personal experience as part of the Circle Team. A New York City native, Jen provides outreach, consultations, and support to potential intended parents who live in the NYC metropolitan area.
Emily Sonier, LICSW
Emily Sonier is the Director of Clinical and Program Support at Circle Surrogacy. Emily earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Circle for 10 years and prior to that she worked with individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia and as a family therapist in a residential program outside of Boston. Emily oversees many of the teams that support the egg donors, surrogates and intended parents at Circle.
John Weltman, Esq.
John Weltman is the Founder and former President of Circle Surrogacy, as well as the Managing Partner of the Boston law firm, Weltman Law Group. John is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field of reproductive law, including surrogacy and gay parenting. John and his husband were the first gay couple in the US to have two children through surrogacy, each man fathering a biological son. Their sons are now 27 and 26, one a radio frequency engineer and the other a paleontologist. John has been interviewed by and appeared in numerous publications, TV programs, and conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, China and Israel. John studied at Yale, Oxford and the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in History and a JD. He is licensed to practice law in MA, NY and CA. John is fluent in French and is a member of ASRM, the ABA and one of the five Board members of SEEDS.
Founder and former President
Eva Yu is the Chinese Liaison and International Outreach Associate for Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. Eva received her MBA in Marketing and Finance and BA degree in Economics from New York State University at Stony Brook. She also has an Extension Chinese-English Legal Translation certificate from the University of California Los Angeles. Originally from Hong Kong, Eva is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. At Circle, she uses her native languages to help provide support to Chinese speaking intended parents in their initial engagement with the agency. She also helps guide these intended parents through the surrogacy process and ensure they understand Circle's values and culture. Eva is passionate about the role she plays in facilitating intended parents' care in their surrogacy journeys.