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Founding director, Bill Handel, started his practice of surrogacy in 1980, through the Law Offices of William Handel. In 1986, the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc., was incorporated. Bill Handel and Karen Synesiou are the co-directors and co-owners of CSP. In our over years of helping infertile couples become parents, we have celebrated the birth of over 1,400 babies.

We believe that surrogate parenting should be a collaboration of professionals who guide the entire process. The team should consist of doctors, psychologists or psychotherapists, attorneys and an agency that is the liaison between all the participants. CSP has created a "team" that is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. CSP is unique because we have created a team that is involved with each surrogacy arrangement from beginning to end. Your counselor is by your side from the moment you enter our program and continues to offer you support, companionship and guidance long after your delivery. She is very intimate with the details of your relationship with your couple, husband and children and is not called to help out only when there is a need. You do not have to explain your situation before receiving help, she already understands the dynamics. With other programs a counselor is usually only contracted to screen you and thereafter only when a "situation" arises.

Once you are accepted into our program, we immediately begin the screening process. We do not wait for you to meet a couple. At CSP we complete our psychological and medical screening before you choose a couple. We know through experience that once a surrogate mother and a couple meet, the bonding process and friendship begins immediately. We also know that if a surrogate mother does not complete the psychological or medical screening process, all parties incur a lot of heartache. Therefore, we prescreen our surrogate mothers. When you choose a couple you are absolutely confident that you can help them and won't let them down. We believe in this so much that CSP actually incurs these costs! No other program prescreens their surrogate mothers. CSP invests our time and money on you as a sign of our confidence in you.

It will take you approximately three months to get through our screening process. Of course, we could rush you through, but experience has taught us that we need to move at the pace you set. We allow our surrogate mothers to meet a counselor and attend group support meetings before committing to a couple. The counselor will discuss with you the impact your pregnancy will have on your husband, children, extended family and friends. At group support meeting you will meet other surrogate mothers at various stages in our program. One lady may be meeting her couple, another recently pregnant, another may have delivered, and so on. Attending group will allow you to learn first hand what it takes to be involved in surrogate parenting. Once you have met a counselor and attended group meeting you will truly understand the journey you are about to embark upon. The next step is to undergo a full medical screening and before you know it you will be choosing a couple!

Today, surrogacy and egg donation remain unregulated in almost every state. This means that anyone can start their own egg donation or surrogacy program. Each agency can set its own standards and rules, and therefore it is imperative that surrogate mothers should thoroughly investigate their choices, work with an agency that can offer experience, who works with skilled professionals and has a good reputation. CSP has been guiding surrogate mothers for over years, we must be doing it right! Our main goal is to ensure that our surrogate mothers and their families take no financial risks. We ensure that couples deposit all anticipated trust funds into an account PRIOR to any medical procedure taking place. The reason we insist on this is to ensure that we always have sufficient funds to pay for your medical bills and expenses. Life events happen and could impact your couple's ability to deposit funds at a later time. For example, they could be injured and unable to authorize the payments, could be sued and have their accounts frozen, get divorced and cannot agree on who is to pay what amount, etc. Our priority is our surrogate mothers and to this end we will not take any financial risks that could affect her. Many programs allow couples to deposit funds as the pregnancy develops. In such cases it is the surrogate mother that takes the financial risks if her couple will not or cannot deposit the necessary funds. Of course, the contract everyone signs provides that the Intended Parents are responsible for all expenses. However it could take years and substantial attorney fees to recoup your fees. CSP would never allow a surrogate mother to take a financial risk with her family.

CSP has a worldwide reputation as being the leader in the field of surrogacy and egg donation. We are proud of our practice of always looking after our surrogate mothers and their family.


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