Experts in donor conception and surrogacy

Expert tools and professinal advice to make your journey to parenthood easier

The Benefits

Trusted Support

At The Center for Family Building, we understand that your journey to parenthood can be overwhelming. That's why we offer unwavering trusted support throughout your entire family-building process. Our experienced team is here to guide you, answer your questions, and provide the emotional support you need. You don't have to face this journey alone; we're with you every step of the way.

Practical Resources

Building a family using alternative methods often involves complex decisions and choices. We provide you with practical resources that can make the process more manageable. From comprehensive tools to support groups, we offer a wealth of resources to help you make informed decisions and navigate the path to parenthood with confidence. We believe that having access to the right resources can make your journey smoother and less stressful.

Specialist Counseling

Our specialized counseling services are tailored to meet your unique needs. Our team includes experts in donor conception, fertility treatment, adoption, and LGBTQIA+ family building. With our specialist counseling, you can gain valuable insights, address any concerns, and make informed choices about your family-building journey. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of professional guidance and emotional support to ensure a positive and meaningful experience.


The Center for Family Building is honored to have been recognized and featured by esteemed partners and media outlets who share our dedication to supporting families through alternative paths to parenthood. These collaborations have helped us reach a wider audience and have allowed us to share our expertise and insights with those seeking guidance on their family-building journey
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Services We Specialize In


Advocating for and assisting LGBTQIA couples and individuals to build the families of their dreams, since 2001.

Donor Conception

Support and guidance with treatment options such as IVF, egg and sperm donation, surrogacy and egg freezing.

Single parents

Becoming a single parent is not an easy choice. There is much to consider. We help individuals become parents or plan for the future if now is not the right time.


Consulting to help you have the easiest and most rewarding adoption process possible and counselling to educate you about adoption-related issues.

Clients reviews

"We sought Lisa's help when we were trying to have children, when we changed jobs and when we needed to find the right school for our children. We are so grateful for her help."

Cynthia and Larry
"Lisa allowed us to imagine possibilities for our future family that we would never have allowed ourselves. Our present family today is a direct result of her bold and decisive advice and we will always be grateful. To say the guidance we got from Lisa was life-changing would be an understatement "
John and Jeff
"Lisa taught us how to find the right donor, how to talk to our children about their beginnings and how to have a truly meaningful journey. We can't thank her enough."

Danielle and Jackie

Helping you build the family of your dreams

It doesn’t have to feel so hard to work out how to build your family an alternative way. We’ve helped thousands of people get the clarity and specialist support they need.

The Center for Family Building was founded in 2015 by Lisa Schuman, LCSW. With more than two decades of personal and professional experience in fertility treatment, donor conception, adoption and evidence-based parenting techniques, Lisa knows how confusing and exhausting this journey can be – because she’s been there too.

Lisa is an experienced licensed therapist and Director of Mental Health Services for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut and Gay Parents to Be. She is also a consultant for schools, corporations and community groups and has been called upon as a surrogacy expert for the New York State judiciary committee.

Building a family is tough enough. You don’t have to do it alone.

Let’s do this together!

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