Surrogate Steps is an Attorney directed full service surrogacy agency. We help individuals of all family types throughout the world become parents through surrogacy. Our consultants are highly qualified professionals and focus on a team-based approach. We work together with intended parents throughout the family building journey to ensure the best possible surrogacy experience.
Our Founder and Director, Yifat Shaltiel, has been an attorney for over ten years and she specializes in reproductive law, surrogacy and health insurance coverage. Yifat’s legal background in prosecuting high profile crimes is a large contributor to the detailed screening process and to the caring and reliable surrogates that we work with.
Yifat has been featured as a reproductive law expert at various venues, including media news outlets such as MSNBC, Cornell University, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Yifat has also been featured as a reproductive law expert in expert webinars and has published numerous articles on reproductive law and surrogacy.
The Surrogate Steps team is distinguished from other programs by the personal and individual attention that we extend to each of our intended parents and surrogates, as well as the various separate surrogacy-related services that we provide.
The Surrogate Steps team is further distinguished by Yifat’s extensive legal background in prosecuting high profile crimes as well as her special training in assessing the credentials and credibility of individuals. This background and training has largely contributed to the caring and reliable surrogates that we work with by providing the Surrogate Steps team with the essential skills and knowledge to properly evaluate and interview each surrogate applicant, and later conduct an extensive background check, including a home study.
Surrogate Steps is licensed by the New York State Department of Health to match New York surrogates (License Number GS211010).
Surrogate Steps Attorney Director Yifat is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the following organizations:
- American Bar Association-Family Law Section (ABA)
- Assisted Reproductive & Genetic Technology Committee (ABA)
- Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)
- Reproductive Health Law Committee (WBASNY)
- Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association (FLWBA)
- New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
- Tompkins County Bar Association (TCBA)
- Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County
Yifat received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota where she was awarded a full scholarship, and a J.D. from New York Law School where she received high honors for her legal writing skills and legal publication.