Is SCO a registered business?Yes, SCO is a registered business classified as information, referral and support.
How long has SCO been in business?SCO was non-profit from 2001-2010. In 2010, due to increasing demands, our program became a registered business with our first official clients/births in 2011.
Is SCO a surrogacy agency?No, we are not an agency. SCO is run by surrogacy consultant Sally Rhoads-Heinrich and her team of support workers. Our program is dedicated to assisting all those involved with third party reproduction in Canada.
Where is SCO located?We are a rural home office located in the municipality of Central Huron near Londesborough, in southwestern Ontario.
What services do you provide?We provide information, referral and support to individuals involved with third party reproduction in Canada. Our program is in the business of helping families conceive children that they are unable to conceive on their own due to a wide variety of reasons. We emphasize the importance of confidentiality, sensitivity, good communication, ethics and support during the surrogacy process. All of our members are cared for with kindness and compassion. Additional information on our services can be found here.
How much does it cost for an initial consult?Our consults are free of charge.
Do we have to have a consult before joining?We recommend you do. We like to speak with every intended parent early in the decision making process to determine if surrogacy is the best option for you.
Do we need a referral from our family doctor to get started with a fertility clinic?You have the option to have your doctor (or SCO) send in a referral or you can refer yourself.
Are you exclusive with certain IVF clinics?No, we are not exclusive (nor will we pressure you to be) with any particular IVF clinic in Canada. There are IVF clinics we highly recommend though due to their positive reviews and success rates. Intended Parents come to us across from Canada (and internationally) and often have their own IVF clinic. You may stay with your clinic as long as they can assist with a surrogacy arrangement (otherwise you’ll have to switch to a clinic that does).
How does matching work?We create an online profile page for you sharing your story and pictures. At the same time we send you full profiles of surrogate mothers that you can contact directly. We do not “pair” or “match-make” for you as we feel it is best for matching to happen among the parties involved… similar to dating. Intended parents and surrogate mothers have full choice in who they would like to be matched with, without a middle person involved. We feel the way our program is designed is the reason why we have incredible matches!
Surrogate mothers in Canada are altruistic and are looking to match with intended parents that meet her criteria, ideals, personality and lifestyle. Matching is one of the most important steps in this process… you are going to spend a year together so it’s important that you have a great match!
What should we include in our profile story?To help find an ideal match, it’s best to create a letter or profile about yourself (and partner). Describe yourself, your family and what you are looking for in a surrogacy relationship.
How many intended parents do not find a match?Less than 5% of intended parents that join our program do not find a match within 24 months. Of those 5%, most are unfortunately unable to create embryos to use with a surrogate mother or have strict criteria for surrogates they are considering.
How long does it take to match with a surrogate mother?If you have no specific requirements, most intended parents match within 1-6 months. If you are looking for a surrogate mother of a specific ethnicity, lifestyle, age or geographic location, it can take a little longer (1-24 months).
What is your success rate?60-75% of intended parents in our program that have an embryo transfer with their surrogate mother bring home a baby.
Can we have twins?Yes, some of our intended parents have twins. It’s usually not encouraged to transfer more than 1 or 2 embryos at a time unless embryo quality is poor or there are other factors. A twin pregnancy is more difficult than a singleton pregnancy for a surrogate mother and the chances of complications are also higher (such as prematurity).
If we already have a surrogate mother can we still use your services?Yes! We’d be happy to provide our support services to you and your surrogate mother and assist with your surrogacy arrangement.
What are the costs associated with surrogacy?Please visit our “Cost of Surrogacy” page for more information. There are a lot of variables with surrogacy which can affect how much it will cost. Generally, if you do not have embryos frozen already, we recommend you have at least $60,000 budgeted to do gestational surrogacy in Canada.
Do you help international intended parents?Yes!
Do you help same sex intended parents?Yes!
Do you help single intended parents?Yes!
How does our surrogate mother receive her reimbursements? Do you have escrow services?We do not manage your funds for this process. Why? Surrogacy consultants/programs are unlicenced and unregulated in Canada. It is not recommend that you have any third party manage your funds to pay your clinic, legal counsel or other professionals… including your surrogate mother’s expenses. We also believe it is risky in Canada for intended parents to put their funds with any person or company … as there is always risk of fraud, bankruptcy, or mismanagement etc.
Intended parents in our program pay their clinic, lawyer, social worker and other parties involved directly. You know first-hand what your expenses are without a third party charging you to manage it for you. Your surrogate mother will send you her expenses for reimbursement directly. Reimbursements are typically paid for via cheque, paypal or email money transfer.
From time to time we have assisted international clients by paying various professionals (and their surrogate mother) on their behalf due to the difficulties involved with sending funds to Canada. You can contact us for additional information.
What kind of support do you provide before, during and after the surrogacy process?The process of surrogacy is emotionally challenging. Because of our experience we know the feelings intended parents have and provide support in a professional and caring way. We have support groups so that you can talk to other intended parents and you can also contact us anytime via email/telephone.
What are the advantages of working with a surrogacy consultant/program?Working with a surrogacy consultant can be beneficial to guiding you through your surrogacy journey. An independent approach can add to legal risk and anxiety to an already complex process. An experienced consultant can help you find the right surrogate mother, arrange proper legal representation and provide support from beginning to end.
How do you find prospective surrogate mothers?Surrogate mothers typically come to us after researching surrogacy online or word of mouth.
Are the surrogate mothers in your program screened?We pre-screen surrogate mothers that join our program which means they must meet the acceptance criteria of the IVF clinic as well as our own. Medical and psychological screening is done by your IVF clinic. Our surrogate mothers complete a very detailed profile which includes their views to various aspects of surrogacy. We pre-screen our surrogate mothers and deny acceptance to candidates that do not meet our physical, emotional and psychological wellness qualifications. We invest our resources and time to develop the best team of surrogate mothers.
What is your surrogate mother rejection rate?We reject 50% of surrogate mother applicants because they do not meet the basic screening requirements. The majority of surrogates that are immediately rejected are under the age of 21, have not experienced pregnancy or may be on strong prescription medication.
Have the surrogate mothers registered in your program had a criminal background check?We do not require criminal background checks but do recommend that all parties submit one to each other during the matching stage. Intended parents should provide one to their surrogate mother as well… as a sign of good faith.
Have you ever had a surrogate mother fail her medical/psychological screening?Yes, but it is not common.
Is there health and/or life insurance available for our surrogate mother?Surrogate mothers in Canada are covered medically under their provincial health plans for pregnancy/birth. Life insurance policies are recommended to be put in place prior to your surrogate mother becoming pregnant (we can provide information on insurance providers).
Do you receive any payments, bonuses, or kick-backs for referring us to other programs, providers, services, lawyers or clinics?No
Has SCO ever been investigated, audited or convicted of illegal activity?No.
Do you have translation services in French or other languages?We do not have French translation services but we do have German translation. We have assisted many international intended parents with different languages and generally have not had issues, even with using an online translation service such as google translate. Many of our surrogate mothers are fluent in French and have matched with French speaking clients. Basic knowledge of English is recommended to pursue surrogacy in Canada successfully.
Why choose SCO?
SCO is dedicated to helping intended parents achieve their dream of having a family. We have experience and expertise with surrogacy case management and are well versed in all aspects of surrogacy and third party reproduction. We provide the support and care that is needed during the surrogacy process. We care about our intended parents, surrogate mothers and egg donors and our goal is to help foster positive and independent relationships between intended parents and their surrogate mother/egg donor.
SCO is one of Canada’s most respected surrogacy programs. Our mission is not to enrich ourselves but to see quality arrangements producing healthy, happy and successful outcomes. We respect all parties wishes and their privacy. We are also strive to be fully compliant with the Assisted Human Reproduction Act of Canada and have strong ethics and morals with all aspects of third party reproduction.
Other consultants/programs in Canada may charge outrageous fees/unnecessary services and promote and attract surrogates with prizes, gifts and insignificant electronics. We attract surrogate mothers who are looking to help for the right reasons… to help build a family, give the gift of life and to make a change in someone’s life.
Discretion & Confidentiality
We offer discreet and confidential services in a one-on-one manner and genuinely take the time to get to know each of our intended/recipient parents, surrogate mothers and egg donors. We do not reveal your name, address, phone or other sensitive information about you to anyone not involved in your arrangement without your expressed permission to do so.
Courtesy, Respect & Compassion
At Surrogacy in Canada Online we are committed to treating you with courtesy, respect and compassion. We are here to provide you with information, referral and support throughout your entire journey.
We abide by Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act and help you to understand and abide by this Act as well by providing you with information and referral to surrogacy professionals.
Experience & Dependability
Since 2001 we have been helping intended/recipient parents realize their dream of parenthood via third party reproduction. We have not only helped Canadians with information, referral and support but have helped to ensure that everyone has a positive and rewarding experience.
All your questions and concerns are answered by an experienced counsellor that has been through the gestational surrogacy process. Access to a counsellor can be very beneficial for good communication in your relationship with your intended/recipient parents.
We have high standards for all surrogate mothers and egg donors that apply to our program and certain criteria must be met in order to be accepted. Our program is small which means we know who you are when you call and can provide you with the individual attention you deserve.
Compared to other programs, we have one of the lowest fees in Canada. We offer the choice of full support services or the option to purchase an instructional handbook on how to navigate an independent surrogacy for intended/recipient parents. We do offer payment arrangements and have helped low-income intended parents at no cost.
We are here to answer your questions and concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our services are valid until three months post partum or for a period of up to 2 years for intended parents and for one year for egg donor recipients.