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Event Schedule 2021

We run best-practice seminars & conferences focused on bringing together intended parents, surrogates, donors, families through surrogacy and experts in the field. This is supported by website & social media resources, expert webinars and regular e-newsletters. Click to know more.

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Start Your Family

Surrogacy & Egg Donation is a complex area and you deserve to know everything involved. Too often intended parents engage without full awareness of the risks and how best to minimise the chance of problems . We help you start your family.

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National Surrogacy and
Donor Conference

A chance to meet surrogates, donors, parents who have completed the process and industry experts.
Face to face and Virtual Tickets Available

ABOUT US

WE WORK WITH YOU AND FOR YOU

We are a charity that works with intended parents- Gay and Heterosexual- around the globe to educate and support their family building journey with donors and surrogates. Formerly Families Through Surrogacy, we have supported intended parents through webinars, seminars, conferences, and customised support for nearly ten years.

Founded by intended parents, our philosophy is to ensure intended parents understand their options and are financially and emotionally prepared for this process. We are a research-oriented organisation and we partner with academics to design and complete research to inform policy and practice.

We have assisted over 3000 singles and couples to build a family since we commenced. Over 200 parents, surrogates and donors have shared their stories at our events in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Hong Kong.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat 19 June 2021 Australian Surrogacy & Egg Donor Conference
Sun 20 June 2021 Australian Surrogacy & Egg Donor Conference
Sat 21 August 2021 New Zealand Conference
Sat 2 October 2021 US & Canadian Donor & Surrogacy Options
Sun 3 October 2021 European Donor & Surrogacy Options
Sun 14 November 2021 Sydney Conference
Sat 13 November 2021 Melbourne Conference

Your Family Formation Journey

Help you decide on a pathway

Whether you require just a donor, a surrogate or both, we work in a non-judgemental way to understand your medical circumstances, citizenship, marital status, budget and communication preferences to provide professional advice on ideal donor and surrogate programs, timelines, costs, legal, ethical, medical and psychological considerations as well as risks and how to avoid them.

Sperm Freezing or Embryo Creation

Many IVF doctors do not have experience or knowledge of domestic or international requirements for sperm or embryos. To assist, Growing Families can refer you to an IVF specialist who understands your issues and will work with you to collect, test and freeze sperm or create embryos for local or cross-border programs. This service also assists with paperwork requirements.

Supporting your Journey

Whether you are a gay couple, single or heterosexual, we can introduce you to lawyers, notaries, migration agents, infertility counsellors, IVF clinics, surrogacy and egg donor agencies in countries around the globe who have the expertise to assist. We can co-ordinate paperwork for program enrolment to ensure you can proceed smoothly. We are ALWAYS there  to provide a Plan B, solve logistical and technical issues to ensure your dream can become a reality.

International Sperm or Embryo Shipping

This service is designed to minimise per-client shipping costs by aggregating shipments to the same country. It also reduces anxiety & stress by handling the complex paperwork requirements. We source clinic accreditation documents, pre-complete shipping and customs documentation and arrange shipping (hand-carry or insured sensitive freight) with reliable courier partners within 2 – 5 weeks. You are kept informed throughout the process.

Travel Support

Given the travel restrictions imposed and uncertainty around Covd-19, We offer a service to provide exemptions for you to travel to engage in Egg donor IVF or care for your long-awiated child via surrogacy. We will liaise with your IVF clinics, government and airlines to ensure you can travel and reurn hoem when you need.

Citizenship and Passports Support

The rules around granting citizenship and passports in cross-border surrogacy are complex and vary by country. Growing Families and its partner migration agents and lawyers can provide expert support with all aspects of the complex paperwork to ensure your child via international surrogacy can be awarded citizenship, a passport or other travel document.

OUR AWESOME TEAM

We pride ourselves on our friendly and approachable team as we place the Intended Parents above all, of everything we do.

Sam Everingham

Global Director

Olivia Santa

Sponsor Sales & Services Manager

Heather Anderson (AU)

Client Services Manager
WE CAN HELP YOU EXPLORE YOUR
DESIRE TO BUILD A FAMILY
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WHAT OUR PARENTS SAY ABOUT US

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"Sam from Growing Families was the first person we met to discuss our surrogacy plans. He prepared a comprehensive plan for us which proved invaluable throughout our journey. Sam was available to answer any questions we had and his responses were timely. Importantly he helped to instil confidence in the process. We had a successful journey and he helped get the ball rolling for us, and he did this with a high degree of professionalism and integrity. Thanks Sam,”

J & J

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"We had a great time at the conference, really enjoyed meeting those we did get to meet and wished we had more time to chat to those we didn’t get to meet. Thank you to all of you who shared your stories with us, such an emotional few days. Heartfelt thanks to all who made the weekend happen”

Leah, Australia

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"Wow what a weekend. Thank you everyone who made us welcome and all the speakers who shared their stories. The conference has really given us clarity on our options. Thanks again”

Samantha

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EXPLORE OUR LATEST BLOG POSTS

Our Flagship Australian Conference is Back – Face-to-face!

On 19/20 June 2021, , Growing Families are hosting their first face-to-face conference in two years – Australia’s 10th Surrogacy & Donor Conference. Spurred on by Australia’s record low covid rates, the donor and surrogacy community’s need for connection, discounted domestic air travel and the desire to leave home, if only for a weekend, Growing Families have finally committed to

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The Basics of Surrogacy in Victoria

Surrogacy can fall into the categories of altruistic or commercial. Altruistic surrogacy means that the surrogate derives no financial benefit from being a surrogate with the exception of having her reasonable expenses of the surrogacy paid. Commercial surrogacy is the opposite, being an arrangement whereby the surrogate obtains a financial benefit beyond her expenses for carrying the child. Only altruistic

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DNA Testing for Australian Intended Parents (Ukraine/Georgia)

For those intended parents undertaking international surrogacy in Georgia or Ukraine, it is important to be aware that your baby or babies will be born stateless and that you will need to apply for Australian citizenship by descent before you can come back home. In order to prove a biological relationship, The Department of Home Affairs will request that you undergo DNA

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