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Advocacy, Donors, Egg Donation, Events

Successful LGBT Family Building Event

04.25.11 | Comment?

Thanks to all those who participated and made our LGBT Family Building Event so successful! The event was held on Tuesday, March 29th at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York City. Guest Speakers were Dr. Susan Treiser, Co-Founder of IVF New Jersey, Jacqlyn Rough, Director of Business Development for Fertility Source Companies, and Judith Kottick, LCSW.

Dr. Susan Treiser is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and is the co-founder and co-director of IVF New Jersey. As one of the few board-certified women in her field, Dr. Treiser is known for her caring, competent approach to reproductive care and spoke candidly to the guests about building your family through third-party reproduction. Guests were able to ask their questions and address their concerns openly and Dr. Treiser took the time to answer questions and explain third-party reproduction process thoroughly.

Jacqlyn Rough discussed how Fertility SOURCE Companies/Prospective Families screen candidates who are interested in becoming an egg donor or gestational surrogacy carrier and what that means to couples seeking third-party assisted reproduction services. As the most well-respected agency by fertility practices and intended parents alike, Fertility SOURCE Companies/Prospective Families have the most comprehensive egg donor and surrogacy databases in the country, containing over 1,300 available egg donors from all parts of the country as well as over 25 gestational carriers from the various states permitting gestational surrogacy. Jacqlyn was able to share helpful information to couples who are seeking to find a donor that is right for them. In addition, Jacqlyn invited a previous egg donor to talk about her experience as an egg donor with Fertility SOURCE Companies/Prospective Families. This gave the guests a first hand look at what it’s like for a donor to go through the screening process with Fertility SOURCE Companies/Prospective Families, being selected by the intended parents, and then actually going through a donor cycle.

Judith Kottick, LCSW, is a recognized expert in the field of reproductive counseling. Gestational carrier and egg donor arrangements are particular areas of interest for Judy. Judy spent her time providing a personalized approach to helping people cope with the challenges of fertility. Guests had many questions and Judy was able to provide valuable insight and information. Her message was to let them know that it is possible to go through the fertility process and feel hopeful and balanced.

Special thanks to the following individuals for helping to make this such a successful event:

Shanequa Anderson, LMSW, MPA, CASAC,
Center Families Coordinator
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center – New York.

Shelli DiCioccio
Case Manager,
The Donor Source
Fertility Source Companies

Jane Tervooren
Marketing Director
IVF New Jersey

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