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About2018-10-19T09:46:33+00:00

Who We Are

In business for 25 years, Surrogacy Specialists of America (SSA) is one of the oldest and most experienced surrogacy and egg donor agencies in the United States. Founder and attorney Greg Stern has a child through surrogacy and over 30 years of both business and personal experience in infertility and third party reproduction. This combination of personal and professional experience assures couples, surrogates, and egg donors quality service in every step of their arrangements.

SSA is not a “broker service” but rather a personalized matching service offering ongoing counseling and legal support throughout an arrangement. Because the SSA staff maintains contact on a regular basis with all parties throughout the assisted reproductive process, the program has a high percentage of repeat egg donors and surrogates, as well as return clients.

As a result of personal experience, the SSA staff is unusually sensitive to the emotional issues associated with infertility. That is why at SSA, the focus is first, last and always on the comfort and emotional welfare of our clients and their families.

Meet Our Team

SSA is one of the premier agencies matching surrogate mothers and egg donors to those needing help building their families. One of the five oldest agencies in the U.S. (est. 1993), SSA has an excellent and caring staff of licensed mental health professionals and lawyers with specialized expertise in infertility and third party reproduction. The SSA team will be with you to manage each cycle and guide you through every step of your reproductive journey. We have offices in Houston and Dallas for your convenience but serve clients worldwide.

Greg Stern
Greg SternEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

is the founder and owner of SSA. Greg has been a practicing attorney since 1980. In addition to his private law practice, Greg provides legal services for agency clients, as well as independent arrangements from across the country. Greg has completed numerous surrogate and egg donor arrangements and adoptions in the Texas, Georgia and Colorado courts. He represents several of the major Texas fertility clinics on legal matters for their assisted reproduction programs. Greg is a graduate of NYU Law School and a former adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (Legal Professional Group), and is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Greg is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas, Georgia and Colorado.

Erica Almendarez
Erica AlmendarezDIRECTOR OF COUNSELING

holds a Master of Science Degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University, with a concentration in marriage and family therapy. Erica is responsible for the screening and psychological assessment of SSA surrogates and egg donors. She has experience in couples and family outpatient therapy, as well as psychosocial assessments. Erica is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Erika Elias
Erika EliasLEAD CASE COORDINATOR

is the lead case coordinator for SSA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. Erika assists in the initial paperwork and interview process and guides intended parents in their selection of surrogates and egg donors. She is the liaison between surrogates, egg donors, and intended parents throughout their arrangements, offering support and keeping all parties up to date. Erika also maintains the surrogate and egg donor online databases.

Theresa Wilson
Theresa WilsonLEAD HOME VISIT COUNSELOR

is our lead home visit counselor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has additional graduate level hours towards her Specialist degree (Ed. S.) in guidance and counseling. She has also taught college-level psychology courses since 1994. Theresa visits our surrogates in their homes. She conducts an investigation of the home, interviews the family and prepares a report on the family dynamics.

Associations

Proudly associated with the American Bar Association, the Food and Drug Administration, Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.