Build The Family You Always Dreamed Of

Egg Donor Conception Counseling for LGBTQIA+ Couples and Individuals

Understand The Logistics

Plan For The Long-Term

Learn All Of Your Options

Finding specialist advice on LGBTQIA+ family building isn’t easy.

Building your family an alternative way is challenging. And LGBTQIA+ parenting comes with its own additional unique hurdles to overcome. So, it can feel isolating when you can’t find trusted advice and guidance that meets your specific needs.

  • Confused about the medical process?
  • Feeling emotionally overwhelmed?
  • Unsure about how to find the best donor for your family?

Getting trusted support and advice on
building a family shouldn’t be this tough.

Building a family is tough enough, you don't have to do it alone.

It shouldn't feel so difficult to get guidance on the unique challenges around LGBTQIA+ parenting. We've helped thousands of people get specialist support. The Center for Family Building was founded in 2015 by Lisa Schuman, LCSW. 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.

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 built her family an alternative way too.

Relax, you've found the guidance you've been searching for.


Financing your family

Costs of building your family can vary considerably. We’ll help you understand all options available and what costs you can expect.

Managing emotions

A family building journey can be emotional. We'll help you build strength and resilience by being better prepared and ensuring you have the expert guidance and support you need to get you through your journey.

Legal considerations

You may have concerns around the legalities of building your family in your state – particularly in relation to LGBTQIA+ parenting. We’ll help you identify the issues you could come up against so you can plan now for the future.

Medical Issues

Medical issues can arise when people set off on their path to build their family through fertility treatment. If having your own baby proves more challenging than you’d expected, we can support you to consider alternatives that may be available to you.

"We are so glad that we came to The Center for Family Building for help with our daughter. Lisa helped us undertand what she was struggling with and helped us find the perfect school."

Gail and James

"To say the guidance we got from Lisa was life changing would be an understatement. She allowed us to imagine possibilities for our future family 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"

John & Jeff

"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

Get the LGBTQIA+ parenting guidance you've been looking for:


Step 1. Book a consult

 Schedule a free consult with our experts to tell us about your journey so far.


Step 2. Receive guidance

We'll provide guidance and advice that's tailored to your unique situation.


Step 3. Build your family

Start building your family with the peace of mind of step-by-step expert guidance.