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The Surrogacy Center


Minnesota Office

2115 County Rd D East, #C-100
Maplewood, MN 55109

Wisconsin Office

450 S. Yellowstone Drive
Madison, WI 53719

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Executive Director

Clare Sorman

Director of Client Services

Delia Winter

Board of Directors

Carol Gapen, Judy Sperling-Newton

The Surrogacy Center was founded in 2002 in Madison, Wisconsin. It is owned by Carol Gapen and Judith Sperling-Newton, law partners and founders of The Law Center for Children & Families. After years of providing legal services related to surrogacy, they became aware of the need for a reputable, safe and professional surrogacy center...a place in Wisconsin where individuals and couples could come and know they were in capable hands.

The Surrogacy Center's clients are individuals and couples, gay and straight, who choose to come to the friendly Midwestern center where they know they will be thoughtfully matched and given personal attention by experienced and caring staff. Past clients have written many glowing reviews, based on the unique combination of professionalism and individual treatment that is offered. The 100+ babies that have been born through the program have changed and will continue to change many lives, both now and for decades to come.

Clare M. Sorman

Clare has almost 20 years of experience organizing and managing offices for corporate, political and nonprofit organizations.  Her work as an Office Manager, Case Manager and Paralegal for local Minnesota businesses specializing in therapy and family law, as well as a Development Officer with Planned Parenthood, has given her a wide berth of knowledge on how to manage complex, multi-level business entities where she is adept at fitting together a variety of moving parts resulting in the highest standards of professional and organizational principles and positive outcomes for her clients.  As a former board member of Gift of Adoption and a volunteer for many social service organizations, her passion is helping to build healthy families and to assist them by providing resources toward living the best possible lives with their children. Clare has lived in the Twin Cities area for over 15 years and is married to a local family building attorney. They have two little boys who are the lights of their lives and remind them every day that children are a gift. She is eager to support and assist intended parents in their journey to becoming a parent and gestational carriers in their desire to help intended parents achieve their dreams.  

Delia Winter

Delia Winter, MA, MPH has spent nearly 20 years in the field of Education and 6 years in the field of Public Health. She was a high school Biology teacher and a Sexuality Educator. She has a passion for education and advocacy, and loves to help people whenever she can. Delia is a former Gestational Carrier who gave birth to a baby girl in 2013 for an international same-sex couple. She thinks being a surrogate is one of the most amazing things she has ever done and keeps in touch with her IPs regularly. She was also fortunate enough to be with her IPs and their daughter for her first three birthdays – even going to their home country for one of them. In her personal life, Delia was born and raised in Minneapolis and still calls it home. She has two grown sons, both college graduates – one lives in Wisconsin and one lives in Massachusetts. She is thrilled to be joining the team at The Surrogacy Center to help guide GCs through the process of assisting IPs in building their families. 



ASRM Guideline

The Surrogacy Center Policy

Gestational carriers may be used when a true medical condition precludes the intended parent from carrying a pregnancy or would pose a significant risk to the woman or the fetus.

The indication of medical necessity must be documented in the intended parents’ medical records (includes biological inability to conceive or bear a child, such as single male or same-sex male couple).

No owner, operator, laboratory director, or employee of the practice may serve as a gestational carrier or intended parent in that practice.

As a professional agency, we believe it is important to maintain this separation between our staff and our clients.

Psychosocial education and counseling by a qualified mental health professional is strongly recommended for both gestational carriers and intended parents.

100% of our intended parents and gestational carriers undergo a 3 – 3 ½ hour evaluation with our Clinical Psychologist (includes the PAI test) and there is no separate charge for this.

Both intended parents and gestational carriers should have separate, ongoing legal representation by qualified legal practitioners who are licensed in the relevant state(s) and/or countries.

We require independent legal representation for all parties (intended parents, gestational carrier and husband, and The Surrogacy Center agency) by attorneys licensed in the state where the gestational carrier lives.

Issues related to screening and testing of the fetus during pregnancy should be discussed and documented. Plans for management of complications and/or multifetal gestations should be discussed and agreed upon.

We facilitate discussion of these sensitive, yet critical topics and take detailed notes, which are then incorporated into the Parentage Agreement for review by all parties prior to signing.


Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 

Member, RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association

Member, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA)