Vermont Surrogacy Network is the first matching organization based in Vermont, and tailored to the needs of Vermont residents who want to “stay local” for gestational surrogacy arrangements.
A gestational surrogate, or carrier, is a woman who becomes pregnant and carries a child for families (known as the “intended parents”) who would not otherwise be able to have biological children of their own.
The Burlington area has medical facilities to carry out gestational surrogacy procedures, and many carriers and intended parents in Vermont want to use this exciting process to build their family. VSN offers a naturally supportive environment to keep surrogacy local with in-person interviews, consultations and continued support from the first application to post-delivery care. Unfortunately, until now Vermonters have had to go to out-of-state organizations for matching purposes.
The Vermont Surrogacy Network intends to fulfill the need for a local matching resource, and we are extremely excited about the launch of this new endeavor. While we encourage intended parents from anywhere in the world to apply, either the gestational carrier or the intended parent(s) will be Vermont residents in every match. This will allow us to provide personalized attention to the specific needs of all of our clients, and allow face-to-face contact without clients driving hours to a major metropolitan area. While the organization is new, its founders have many years of experience in the field, and they look forward to putting their knowledge and passion for building families through gestational surrogacy to work for Vermonters. One of the founding members, Burlington attorney Kurt Hughes, put it this way: “I have been involved in the legal aspects of gestational surrogacy for more than fifteen years, and I have long seen the need for a Vermont-based organization. When Jes walked into my office for legal advice about becoming a gestational surrogate herself, I knew that the moment had finally arrived!”
Kurt M. Hughes and Jes Stumpf founded Vermont Surrogacy Network with a mission to provide Vermonters an ethical, affordable, and supportive environment in which intended parents and gestational carriers are matched and guided through the process of surrogacy. Kurt Hughes is the only Vermont attorney who is a member of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. He has provided legal services for hundreds of adoptions and assisted fertility arrangements, including gestational surrogacy, as well as egg and sperm donation contracts.
Jes Stumpf has dedicated herself to children and families, working in public and private schools, as well as many non-profit family organizations. Upon deciding to become a gestational surrogate herself, she began researching surrogate agencies and was disappointed to find that there was not a local option for gestational surrogacy. Upon meeting to discuss Jes’ surrogacy options, Kurt and Jes decided it was time to put forth the vision they both shared for what is now, Vermont Surrogacy Network.
Vermont Surrogacy Network is also excited to have the local medical experience of Northeastern Reproductive Medicine, which recently reopened its doors in their new Colchester, VT location. Together we will offer local reproductive alternatives to Vermonters.
To learn more about Vermont Surrogacy Network visit VTSurrogacy.com or call (802) 497-6579.