Agency for Surrogacy Solutions
KATHRYN KAYCOFF, MA – Co-Director & Agency Owner
When my husband and I married in 1999, we decided to start a family right away. Five years, 6 fresh IVFs, 3 frozen embryo transfers, over 100 embryos and 2 Gestational Surrogates later, we became the proud parents of identical twin boys. As you can see, this was not a simple journey. I encountered many situations and professional (and some not so professional) people along the way. It was a heart-wrenching, expensive journey and I wish that I had met others who could have advised me. But since reproductive medicine and surrogacy were relatively new territories, I had to make my own way along many dark corridors.
I found myself talking for hours on the phone with other Intended Parents, offering suggestions, sharing contacts, information and insights from my own experiences. I found that people who had opted to use an agency often felt that the company was focused primarily on the happiness of the Surrogate and treated the Intended Parent’s needs as secondary. As we all know, all parties’ needs must be addressed in order to reduce stress and have a happy pregnancy. It was obvious that what was needed was an agency that would look out equally for the best interests of the Intended Parents and the interests of the Gestational Surrogates. Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. was my response.
I have not always been involved with the world of infertility and surrogacy — before I began my struggle to become a parent, I worked for more than 15 years as a television producer, writer and director. Surprisingly, having a baby through surrogacy is a lot like producing a successful television show. Both need creativity, lots of coordination, attention to detail, and the ability to deal with all different types of people, while keeping your eye on the desired outcome.
Running my company and helping people through their surrogacy journeys are things I do from the heart. Surrogacy and pregnancy are very emotionally turbulent situations, and I hope to make the experience as simple and as free of anxiety as possible for everyone involved.
Kathryn is the co-owner and founder of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions and Global IVF, Inc.
LAURI BERGER DE BRITO, BS – Co-Director& Agency Owner
I had no idea the roller coaster ride my now ex-husband and I were about to take when we decided to start a family. I was 36 years old when we got married. We decided to cut to the chase and went straight to a fertility doctor. I was thrilled but not surprised when we got pregnant our very first non-medicated IUI. That’s the way it was supposed to be, right? My pregnancy was uneventful and my daughter announced herself to the world 3 1/2 weeks early. We quickly started trying for #2.
We immediately got pregnant with another non-medicated IUI but at ten weeks, the baby’s heartbeat was gone. This was the beginning of what proved to be a very long descent into the depths of infertility. I continued to get pregnant– only to miscarry each time. With each infertility procedure, each test, each pregnancy and miscarriage (8 of them), I found myself sinking deeper and deeper into a very dark place. For 6 ½ years, we tried everything — immune testing and therapies, consultations with top clinics and REs from around the country, donor egg — nothing worked. I did IVFs, ZIFT, DE/IVF, heparin, etc. We were at the end of our rope when my husband brought up surrogacy.
We interviewed with top agencies but their approach was all about the money with no regard for our emotional state. We eventually “settled” for an agency that had an available GS. Our surrogate was wonderful, our agency was not. It was then that I turned to my dear friend Kathryn (who by now had started her own agency) for support. She helped keep us focused and grounded.
Our little girl was born in May 2005. Eighteen months later, our same surrogate gave birth to our son. In 2013, using a different surrogate and new egg donor, we added one more son to our family. My children are the light in my life and it’s hard to believe that I was once so depressed about our infertility that I could barely get out of bed.
Like Kathryn, I, too, had a career in television before infertility consumed my life. I was a producer/director/writer. I produced many programs, but now every time I ‘produce’ a surrogacy, I am much prouder of the outcome. There is nothing more rewarding and ultimately as important as bringing a child who is so very wanted into the world.
I am now at a really great place in my life. I am happily divorced and able to focus on the most important things in my life – my children, my incredible business and my own personal growth. Life is pretty wonderful!
Lauri is the co-owner and founder of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions and Global IVF, Inc.
In the summer of 2016, I moved to the Portland, Oregon with my teenage daughter, 2 older dogs and one cat. I had worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California for over 20 years and in the fall of 2015, I found myself yearning for a new adventure. Up until that point, I had been content with collaborating on projects that educated and/or entertained the public and now I wanted to impact peoples lives on a more personal level.
Having watched many of my friends struggle with the challenges of infertility over the years, I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to join the Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, as I saw it as an amazing avenue to work with the most incredible people from every imaginable walk of life, and help them create loving families. The journey to becoming a parent is different for everyone. I personally have benefited from all the advances in reproductive medicine and am grateful everyday for the gift of my wonderful daughter.
I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life in a new city, although I’m not so sure that I will ever adjust to the weather in Portland! I truly find it both an honor and a privilege to be able to share the surrogacy process with intended parents, surrogates and the amazing teams of reproductive specialists around the world. As Charles Dickens once said “Tis love that makes the world go round, my baby” and I hope to continue the chain of love and babies for many years to come.
PAT HURTADO – Surrogacy Case Manager
(Spanish Speaking Case Manager)
Para hablar con Pat en española llamar el número telefónico: 1.818.963.3369
When I was in a period of transition before I began working for the Agency, I remember visiting my hairdresser. I shared my reluctance about returning to the corporate world (I worked in the finance industry) and how I longed to find a job where I felt good about what I did and to know that I was making a difference. I could see his wheels turning as he listened and he finally said, “I have the perfect job for you.” He proceeded to tell me about one of his clients who worked for a surrogacy agency and how much she loved it. He referred to it as the “baby job.” I was intrigued by the work Kathryn and Lauri did with respect to infertility and surrogacy. Knowing how blessed I was to have a son and how precious children are, I knew I would totally love helping couples/individuals have children!
Every time I had a hair appointment, I would remind my hairdresser to please have his client drop my name to Lauri and Kathryn and let them know I was interested in working for their agency. Long story short, my persistence paid off! Almost two years after he mentioned the “baby job” to me, I received a call from Kathryn letting me know that a position as case manager had opened up with their agency. She asked if I was interested. I was thrilled and I immediately jumped at the opportunity!
I have been working for Agency for Surrogacy Solutions since 2010 and it’s gratifying to know that I am playing a part in helping Intended Parents add to their families. It warms my heart when Intended Parents and Surrogates send me pictures of the babies we helped create and knowing that these babies are so loved.
ROCHELLE STERN – Surrogacy Case Manager
I was born in Santa Monica, CA but currently live in Sherman Oaks with my daughter whom I adopted from Vietnam when she was an infant. She is now a teenager and an amazing artist. I am an avid tennis player and play in tournaments regularly. I am also involved with the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. I have a small close knit family that all live close by. I have a dog named Shana who is an important member of the family. She is a Schnoodle and adds a lot of fun to our home. I also enjoy movies, plays, music, reading a good book, playing the Wii with my daughter and keeping up with exercise.
I have been working in the surrogacy field for many years and with A4SS since 2009. I find it truly fulfilling. Being a parent myself and having fertility issues in my past, I can certainly understand the need and desire to be a parent, so if surrogacy is an option for someone, I feel it should be pursued. For a woman to give this gift of life is an amazing and wonderful thing in bringing joy to a family who otherwise would not have it.
JENNIFER SALVATORI – Surrogate Coordinator
I wasn’t born in Texas, but got here as fast as I could! I grew up in southern California and in 1992 our family moved to Texas. That is where I met my amazing, loving husband who works in the broadcast industry. We have 5 children and I treasure every moment with them as a stay at home mom. I started working for the agency in January 2012 after having the most wonderful experience as a GS surrogate with them. I knew that I wanted to be a surrogate when I was 15 after watching my aunt struggle with infertility and failed adoptions. After watching a special on Dateline in 2009 I knew my family was complete but yearned to create a family for someone else.
I had twins for an incredible family in June 2011, and another amazing couple in 2013. Surrogacy has been such a passion for me and I’m very excited to be one of the surrogate coordinators for Agency For Surrogacy Solutions. I love being able to help potential surrogates start their journey and I have a better understanding since I myself was a surrogate with this agency. When I’m not with the kids, husband or working, I spend my free time running.
HEATHER HUTCHINS – Surrogate Coordinator/Case Manager
My passion for children and families began when I started working with special-needs children after I graduated from high school. I spent 8 years working my way up in a corporate preschool from teacher to assistant director before deciding to open my own home daycare.
In 2006 I had my first child, a boy. Then I met my husband and after 4 years of getting to know each other, we got married and in 2011 I was blessed with my second easy pregnancy, this time a daughter. I wanted to be pregnant again but was not ready for another baby at home.
I remembered that a mom from my daycare center told me she was a surrogate. A light went off and I knew that’s what I had to do.
My surrogacy was a surreal experience and as soon as I had my embryo transfer I knew I was ready for a career change. I delivered a baby boy in 2014 and was excited to begin working with a surrogacy agency as I neared the end of my own journey. I spent a year with that agency before joining Agency for Surrogacy Solutions in 2015. Now, I enjoy helping others pursue their dream of surrogacy while still being accessible to my family.
I was born in Missouri and later moved to Oklahoma, after college I met my wonderful husband of 8 years. We now have two adorable daughters.
I find it fulfilling to be a surrogate, a surrogate coordinator and case manager for Agency for Surrogacy Solutions. I have been in the surrogacy world for several years. I am an experienced surrogate having done multiple journeys with Agency For Surrogacy Solutions.
I work with potential surrogates, current surrogates and intend parents to help them understand the process from beginning to end. I guide them and help answer questions that may arise along the way. I assist with coordinating medical care, counseling, and providing any emotional support that may be beneficial. I love my job and very passionate about surrogacy. I strive to show that passion in the work I do with my surrogates and intended parents.
In my free time I enjoy volunteering at my daughters school as the Parent Teacher Organization President, running and traveling around the world with my husband and daughters.
LUIS SONSIN JONES – Surrogacy Case Manager/ Egg Donor Case Manager
I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and since 2013 I call Los Angeles home, where I live with my loving and supportive husband. While my husband and I are not ready to have our own children, I take great pleasure in helping other couples/individuals start and expand their families. I work as a case manager and I love being the support point for couples and surrogates on such a beautiful journey. I also work as a case manager at our sister company, Agency for Egg Donor Solutions, so helping create families is part of my daily routine.
I have a passion for traveling and learning new cultures. I have lived in three different countries, learned 4 languages and I love being able to communicate with people in their mother language. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our friends, going to the beach, exploring new restaurants, trying new recipes in the kitchen and traveling around the world.”
HEATHER BROOKS-HEINTZ – Surrogacy Case Manager
After earning a graduate degree, living in another country, and exploring the United States, I started my own family. North Carolina is where we call home. My daughter, husband, and I are also a proud surrogate family, having provided a wonderful couple with twins in 2018. I knew then I had to keep helping others build families and fulfill their dreams as both a surrogate and case manager for the Agency.
I have a powerful desire to learn from others and grow, both personally and professionally. Working with Surrogates and Intended Parents from all different cultures is a once in a lifetime opportunity, because everyone involved in this process shares the joy of creating and enriching life.
I spend most of my time with my family. We enjoy the outdoors, so we are often out exploring, climbing rocks, searching for lakes and beaches, and staying active in fun and original ways.
KACI MOORE – Surrogate Coordinator
Phone: (406) 647-5741
I was born and raised in Montana where I currently reside with my wonderful husband of 24 years. We have four beautiful children; 3 girls and 1 boy. They are the biggest joys in my life. I began my personal journey with Surrogacy in 2005. Over the years I had read articles and watched movies that involved Surrogacy. I was truly fascinated by it. When our youngest child was 2, I decided to start doing research on how to become a Surrogate. I didn’t know anyone who had been a surrogate, nor did I have any resources. I got on the Internet and started searching for agencies. With my demographic location it seemed nearly impossible to find someone to work with. I called several agencies until I finally received a “Yes” – I was thrilled!! I have been a Gestational Surrogate for 4 separate families over the course of 8 years. I have delivered 7 surro-babies including 3 sets of twins and a singleton. I’ve had an amazing opportunity to work with families from all across the US and internationally as well. Next to having my own children, becoming a Surrogate has and always will be one of the most fulfilling and blessed experiences of my entire life.
When I delivered my last set of twins in 2013 my heart was full. It was a bittersweet time as Surrogacy had been in my life for so long. I visited with a close friend about being a Surrogate coordinator, and I thought that was the perfect fit for me. I started working for Agency for Surrogacy Solutions in the fall of 2019. I couldn’t be happier with bringing my true passion in life to other women who also want to experience the joy of helping people become parents. I’m so blessed to educate and help women in their journey to becoming a Surrogate mom.
AMANDA LAIRD – Surrogate Coordinator
Phone: (484) 485-3124
I am a life-long resident of Pennsylvania, which is where I currently live with my husband and 3 kids (1 step-son, and our daughter and son.) I knew all my life I wanted to be a mom. I was always fascinated by pregnancy and the amazing things a female body can do. Much to my dismay, when we started trying, it was month after month of negative tests. I finally convinced my husband to go to a fertility doctor and after one cycle of IUI, we were pregnant. Our son, my second pregnancy, was a happy surprise. We knew after he was born our family was complete, but I was not ready to close the door on pregnancy.
Working as a Nurse in a fertility office and watching my patients struggle with infertility the way I once did, I knew I had to do more to help. I was standing with a patient one day before her egg retrieval and she said to me “I can buy anything I want in life, but I can’t buy a baby.” Those words will stay with me forever. We started discussing surrogacy and I knew it was something I wanted to do. I am the type of person when I set my mind to something, it is going to happen! I went home and told my husband, and started researching agencies. I was blessed to be matched with an amazing same sex couple from Hong Kong whom I carried boy/girl twins for and delivered in May 2018. After the twins I went for a second journey. This time I gave birth to the cutest little boy for a wonderful and extremely deserving IP in Australia December 2019.
Surrogacy is such a passion for me! I love to talk about my journeys, and tell others how amazing and fulfilling it is to help someone in such a huge way. It has been a dream to work professionally in the surrogacy world since I became a surrogate myself, and I am happy to be able to say that dream has come true!