Developing the role of the social worker as coordinator of services at the surrogate parenting center

Roni Gagin, Miri Cohen, Lee Greenblatt, Hanah Solomon, Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor

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A law permitting couples to conceive biological children through surrogacy was legislated in Israel in March 1996. The Rambam Medical Center has established the only nonprofit Surrogate Parenting Center at a public hospital in Israel. The multidisciplinary teamwork at the Center is case managed by a social worker. An important role of the social work intervention is consultation and support for the couple and the surrogate at all stages of the process. The case study presented in the article illustrates the need for sensitive and professional intervention due to the complexity of the surrogacy process and the crisis it involves for both the surrogate and the couple. In light of the growing parenting surrogacy cases in the United States, Europe, and Israel, a structured social work intervention model is described, which may be implemented at public or private surrogate parenting centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004


  • Coordinator
  • Couple
  • Ethics
  • Infertility
  • Law
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Surrogacy
  • Surrogate mother

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Community and Home Care


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