We have all heard the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”, well in some cases, it takes a village just to make one! Oftentimes, it is easy to feel sorry for yourself when opening up the chapter of surrogacy. It is an emotional decision, one laden with guilt and uncertainty, but as IPs now expecting the arrival of our baby, we can see with clarity the silver lining. Through Canadian Surrogacy Community, we have been connected to amazing families who have journeyed along side us, families with success stories who have celebrated our journey, and families with hard stories….we all need those people in our life that can relate to what we have been through. We have been connected to experienced professionals, such as lawyers, counsellors, and outstanding Doctors and Nurses. Most importantly, we were connected with our surrogate and surrogate family, who we now just simply referred to as “our family”. We have learned through surrogacy the true meaning of community, and have been reminded of the generosity of humanity.
Thank you to Canadian Surrogacy Community for not only taking care of the logistical aspect of things, navigating families through complicated terrain with expert knowledge in the field, but more importantly, thank-you for opening your hearts to our story, for investing in our lives, and for offering support every step of the way. We always felt that love overshadowed all else in the way that Canadian Surrogacy Community managed this exceptionally important and life changing process to us as IPs. Canadian Surrogacy Community will always be a part of our village.
As IPs, hiring CSC as our agency was a no brainer after meeting Angela. Not only is she an experienced surrogate, she along with her staff are extensively knowledgeable in the area and connected us to exceptional medical professionals, lawyers, and counsellors. We have been very happy with the ongoing support provided to both us and our surrogate family during this journey.
Alicia - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
L & P's Story
We had been with another agency which brought us a bundle of joy a while ago. Since then, we have had many trials and tribulations on our road to a sibling. One of the big issues this time around, was that most agencies were not willing to work with clinics outside of Canada. But during our research we came across an agency in the west of Canada that told us that Angela had started her own agency, Canadian Surrogacy Community (CSC), and they suggested we try her.
Our journey has started with our new surrogate angel (Angela) owner of CSC. We believe that surrogates are sent from heaven and some of the most giving and beautiful people this world has ever seen. We want our surrogate, Angela to become part of our story, as we are now part of her story. She is helping us by growing a sibling for our son. The universe has not given us enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude towards her and her family for this precious gift she is about to give us.
We want to express our gratitude by offering our personal view of her organization, so the world will know how amazing Angela and the staff at CSC are.
From the very beginning Angela was so committed, passionate and always wanting to go above and beyond to help us find the right surrogate to make our journey a successful one, so much so that she personally took on this challenge. This selfless act by Angela for our family, will be remembered for generations to come, and make us forever indebted to her.
Angela isn’t just our surrogate, she’s the owner of CSC, and works hard for her surrogates and intended parents. She's totally transparent, honest, professional, and supportive, which has made our family feel special through the whole journey. Her team brings with them an incredible first-hand experience and well-rounded knowledge in this field. CSC is a wonderful agency to work with and we are still in cloud 9!
L & P - Kingston, Ontario Canada
Florian & Pascal's Story
"Honesty, transparency, humanity; this is what we have found with Angela and Christine since we connected with CSC a few months ago. There, we found a place where what you’ve been said would happen, and where everything seems to be at the right place. From our own experience, this is not the case everywhere. We feel supported by the right people. Angela and Christine are more than an agency, and this is truly a breath of fresh air!
Now we are matched with a wonderful surrogate, Christine (another one :-)), with whom we are building a genuine relationship, based on communication, trust…and we can certainly say of love too. Full of hope, we are crossing our fingers for the medical screening planned in a couple of weeks, and after that the transfer, to be successful. Not only because we are looking forward to becoming daddies, but also because now we want Christine to be part of the story of our family.”
Florian and Pascal - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Roberto & JB's Story
"When we started dreaming to become a family, we didn’t know where to find help, support and protection. We felt alone and scared, and we didn’t know where to start. The only thing we knew however was that we wanted to connect with women who had helped to create families, talk to them and learn from their experience. We wanted to deeply feel and understand the reality and what it emotionally brings to you and takes to start a journey through surrogacy.
After some research, we met Angela. Our very first Match! An amazing woman committed to every single part of her project to bring people together. Then we started talking to Christine who is supporting us from the very bottom of her heart with all what we need to keep going on with our desire to become a family.
Coming to Exeter from abroad was only the confirmation of our choice! We feel now that CSC, Christine and Angela and all their community are THE way and THE ONLY way we want our family to start. We felt welcomed by two supportive, affectionate and incredible women and discovered the humanity behind their project. How would we describe ourselves today? Confident, Happy, Safe and Empowered. Because we know that, like us, they will take care of our journey and of the very special Surrogates that will join the dream. Thank you beautiful! We hope to see you soon.”
Roberto and JB - Switzerland
Anthony & Joey's Story
Both Joey and l have a dream of becoming parents.
We both made the decision the time was perfect and it was now time to move forward with our dream. After intensive research into Surrogacy, long days and nights, weeks and months followed into our research. Joey and myself looked into various avenues and agencies.
After a few agency interviews via Skype we had found the perfect agency; CANADIAN SURROGACY COMMUNITY. Straight after our Skype call with Angela Peeters , Owner of Canadian Surrogacy Community, Joey and myself knew this was the perfect agency for us.
Angela was so informative, with no pressure for us to become clients and had all the time in the world for us and still does till this day, Angela during our very first initial Skype call was a charm, answered all our questions & never rushed us through our interview of endless questions we had to ask.
Within a short space of time Angela had our profiles complete and sent us profiles of egg donors and surrogates. Angela organized all our appointments with lawyers, counselors and every other aspect in moving forward.
We travelled to Canada for our screening in July 2016 and of course Angela was with us right by our side at the clinic. Angela worked around us and our travel dates to do so, not to mention Angela said, “Ok guys, l have an idea that l pick you up from Toronto and you stay with me for a couple of days.” A real surprise to Joey and l. We had so much fun with Angela and her kids. Angela treated us like part of her family and couldn't do enough for us.
Angela has always stepped in for Joey and myself if need be, as we are of great distance being an international couple in Australia, no matter what time of the day. How impressive!
Angela has gone above and beyond being an agent & within our Surrogate Group Angela is supportive of us all: egg donors, Surrogates and Intended Parents. Angela treats us all as family & has a heart of gold. She has been nothing short of wonderful and amazing. The love and passion Angela has for the agency is outstanding.
We are well on our way with our journey, and are so blessed to have found our egg donor and surrogate through Angela’s agency.
Thank you Angela for all your help in making this dream become a reality.
Anthony and Joey - Melbourne, Australia
Jeremy & David's Story
Not knowing anyone who could help us in Australia, we began researching other countries where surrogacy was altruistic and we were excited to find that Canada provides this. We were drawn to Canadian Surrogacy Community because of Angela’s story (in particular, having been a surrogate for a same-sex couple herself) and her advocacy work. We chose Angela because she is experienced and connected in the community, and yet small enough that her services are still personal and attentive, which is important for us as international intended parents. We also love the fact that she provides one-on-one support for our surrogate before, during and after the journey. Most of all we have found Angela to be a wonderful friend who lives and breathes surrogacy, and who will do anything to make her intended parents’ and surrogates’ journeys as smooth and as joyful as possible.
Jeremy and David - Australia
S & J's Story
Angela came recommended by our very trusted fertility lawyer. We connected with her at a time in our lives when we felt incredibly vulnerable and lost but Angela quickly and compassionately guided us to our wonderful surrogate. We are so thankful for Angela's commitment to both us and our surrogate.
S and J - Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Thom & Erik's Story
We are forever grateful for the assistance Angela has provided to us for our journey to become parents of our two beautiful angels. We were with another agency for a year without success and took a break for a year. Once we were ready to start again, the original agency had a long wait list. We heard from a friend that Angela had decided to start her own agency, Canadian Surrogacy Community, and the friend suggested we contact her. That was the best decision we made. Angela was committed and passionate about helping us find the right surrogate for us to make our journey a successful one. We liked that Angela engaged with her surrogates and intended parents during the whole process to ensure all parties are well. Also liked that she added a personal touch to her business by attending the appointments at the fertility clinic with our surrogate and us, as well as visiting us at the hospital when the surrogate was giving birth.
We are so thankful to Angela and CSC for helping us make our dream come true.
Thom and Erik - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Asish & Krishneel's Story
We have no words to describe our gratitude and happiness Angela and her work has brought to our lives. We still remember the initial days of researching to find someone who can support and guide us through the most important journey in our lives. We live in the US and we met with quite a few consultants and clinics here. What was lacking in those conversations was human touch. Everything seemed and sounded "very business like" and we were part of a business transaction. That didnt really sit well with us. Asish is a Canadian citizen and that when he suggested that we explore options in Canada. We did talk to couple of "reputed Canadian consultants" and we were like, "we are not sure". Asish was friends with Angela on Facebook through one of the surrogacy support groups and she had posted something stating that she will be starting an agency to support folks who are looking to start a surrogacy journey.
We both love Angela's energy and we are like, "lets chat with her and see how she can help us". That phone call we made really changed our lives. From the very first "hello" till the last text message we got 10 minutes ago, she has remained the same supportive and hard working friend. Her experience and personal touch to everything she touches makes our journey so much more relaxing and exciting. She connected us to the best surrogate we could ever ask for. The way she matched us based on our personalities was just amazing. She has been a huge support to all of us and stayed close to us through phone calls, emails, FaceTime, text messages, etc, accompanied our surrogate to her appointments, always available to answer any questions we have regarding the process, appointments, etc. One thing we truly appreciate about Angela is her perfect balance of professionalism and sensitive approach to her work. The gifts she sends out to us from time to time after major milestones in our surrogacy is just so heart warming.
We are so thankful that we are doing this amazing surrogacy journey with our awesome surrogate with Angela's support and help.
Lots of love.
Asish and Krishneel - California, USA
M & P's Story
"It is difficult to put into words how Angela has impacted our lives. Angela introduced us to our adored friend and surrogate. She has walked with us every step along the unique, challenging and rewarding path that is surrogacy. Angela has played a vital role in providing 24/7 support to us as well as our surrogate. Given we live on the other side of the world (with important things happening in the middle of the night) this has been imperative. It has been a relief to know our surrogate is in Angela’s safe hands."
Thanks to Angela, we are thrilled to be welcoming a son into our family this year – a little brother and friend for our eldest daughter. It doesn’t get more immense a gift than that. I am proud to enjoy Angela’s genuine friendship and care. Together with our surrogate, we make such a fabulous team. As IP’s, we are so blessed. And what a blessed little boy to come into the world already so loved and cared for across the globe.
It is inspirational to witness someone live their true calling and build such a wonderful legacy by helping so many.
M and P - Melbourne, Australia
If it was not for you, I would have never matched with Marcie. She is not just the surrogate mother to my daughter, Brianna (and another on the way), she is also part of our family! Angela, you have always made Marcie and I feel supported, valued and heard throughout our journey. Angela is a caring, knowledgeable and experienced professional you want to have by your side. And, she will be by your side (figuratively and literally)! She helped me achieve my dream of having a second child (and soon a third!). I strongly encourage anyone considering surrogacy to use her services. You will thank me for it! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Sherry, Caitlin and Brianna
Sherry - Quebec, Canada
Matt & Aaron's Story
Working with Canadian Surrogacy Community lead us to creating our family! Christine (CSC Operations Manager), not only lead us through every step of the way, she was also our surrogate! She was the most amazing match for us. Christine was caring and thoughtful and we created a bond for life. We can never thank her enough for helping us through what can be a very emotional journey and are proud to have Christine as a friend.
We originally signed up with another agency, but were quickly turned off by the cold business approach to the process. Canadian Surrogacy Community was a breath of fresh air – positive, engaging and had the personal touch we were looking for. The team at CSC is committed and passionate about what they do and we are forever grateful. They ensured we were prepared and informed of every step of the way and were always available to answer questions and talk through sometimes difficult decisions or situations.
We now have a beautiful three-month old daughter and it is all thanks to CSC!
Matt and Aaron - Manitoba, Canada
Boaz & Honza's Story
Our experience with Angela has been great. She introduced us to our perfect surrogate and then provided her with great support through multiple failed tries until we finally fell pregnant.
We’re now celebrating our first Christmas with our baby daughter, all thanks to the amazing women who made it all possible!
Boaz and Honza - Spain
Mie & Sebastiaan's Story
Before we met Angela, we had been on our surrogacy journey for over two years and after several setbacks with other agencies, we started to lose hope of ever having a baby.
Through a surrogacy Facebook group, a couple recommended Angela and her agency to us. Soon after our initial meeting with Angela, she sent us a few very good profiles. Within a month of signing up we had met the most amazing surrogate that was a great match for us. The first egg transfer was successful and 9 months later our amazing daughter was born. We couldn’t have been happier holding that little girl in our arms.
We just celebrated our daughter’s 2ndbirthday. We are still in close contact with our surrogate.
We did a video call on our daughter’s birthday and our surrogate will be visiting us in the UK next year. Angela’s support and advice throughout the journey has been priceless. We’re very thankful for her help on our journey to become parents.
Mie and Sebastiaan - United Kingdom
L & R's Story
When we started down the road of surrogacy, we knew there would be lots of challenges. After trying unsuccessfully to find a surrogate independently, we decided that we would sign up with an agency to help us take the right steps to hopefully connect with a great surrogate. We met with a few different agencies, including CSC, and gathered information.
Ultimately, we ended up going with CSC and are so pleased that we made that choice. CSC, as the name states, is truly a community. Angela and Christine and their team were there for us anytime we needed anything along the way. We also felt reassurance knowing that our surrogate would have support from Angela and Christine and the other surrogates, in ways that maybe we wouldn't be able to provide.
We even ended up using an IVF clinic on their recommendation to much success after a disappointing cycle at a different clinic.
We were so fortunate to have met our perfect surrogate match through CSC and welcomed our beautiful son this past January! We are forever grateful to our surrogate and her children for the care and love they provided to us and our child and know that we will continue to have a wonderful relationship (and even a future sibling journey, perhaps). We are also so happy that we chose CSC and look forward to keeping them updated as our son grows."
L & R - Toronto, Ontario, Canada