Making your journey to parenthood easier

Providing support, practical advice and specialist counseling

DONOR CONCEPTION CONSULTATION | PRACTICAL RESOURCES | SPECIALIST COUNSELING

Making your journey to parenthood easier

Providing support, practical advice and specialist counseling

DONOR CONCEPTION CONSULTATION | PRACTICAL RESOURCES | SPECIALIST COUNSELING

Building your family can feel overwhelming

Finding an alternative way to build your family isn’t easy. There's so much conflicting information on the right treatments to try, therapies to trust and alternative routes to parenthood. Figuring out what's right for you can be confusing - and exhausting.

Getting trusted support and advice on
building a family shouldn't feel this tough.

Building your family can feel overwhelming

Building a family when you’re single can be tough. There’s so many options to consider. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when the stakes are high. You’ve key decisions to make that will affect the rest of your life. And there’s so much still to consider.

Getting trusted guidance on building a family by yourself shouldn't feel out of reach.

Helping you build the family of your dreams

It shouldn't be 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!

Helping you build the family of your dreams

It shouldn't be 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!

What people say about The Center for Family Building

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Cynthia and Larry

“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.”

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John and Jeff

“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 ”

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Danielle and Jackie

“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.”

Services We Specialize In

LGBTQ family building

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

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Donor conception/fertility treatment

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

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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.

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Adoption

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

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LGBTQ family building

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

Learn more 

Donor conception/fertility treatment

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

Learn more 

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.

Learn more 

Adoption

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

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Get the guidance you've been looking for:

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Step 1. Book a consult

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

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Step 2. Receive guidance

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

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Step 3. Build your family

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

You need an expert, with complete oversight. An expert who truly understands what you're going through and can give you the answers you're looking for. Your search is over. Start building your family today.

Two steps you can take right now, while waiting for your child...

Download Baby Steps today for advice and guidance
on how to cope during your journey to parenthood