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Surrogacy: Looking for a Match

Partners
Chad, left, and David would spend long hours at fertility centers and doctors’ suites in their quest to create a child. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Chad, left, and David Craig during their November 2002 commitment ceremony in Vermont. The pair met in the spring of 1997 at a bar in Atlanta. Both were living there at the time, with Chad working as a software engineer and David selling carpet while trying to build an interior design business. ()
Nephew
NEPHEW: David Craig with his aunt, novelist Jan Karon (author of the Mitford series). ()
Siblings
SIBLINGS: Chad Hodge and his younger sister, Tonya, were close growing up. ()
Chad Hodge at 17
Chad Hodge at age 17. Chad had always had a way with children. He doted on his younger sister, braiding her hair and playing with her Barbies. He had always assumed he would have children of his own. ()
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Before the procedure, gestational surrogate Whitney Cruey, left, signs legal papers with the Craigs’ attorney, Diane Hinson, and David and Chad. (Tyrone Turner / For the Times)
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Whitney Cruey was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, and thus a proven carrier. After a three-year separation, her divorce was nearly final, and she had a boyfriend who supported her interest in surrogacy. (Tyrone Turner / For the Times)
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