Growing Families, formerly Families Through Surrogacy, is a consumer-based non-profit organisation focused on bringing together surrogates, donors, intended parents and families to network, share their stories and stay informed about best practice in family-building arrangements.
It supports intended parents who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements.
Our organisation provides seminars and conferences globally with the aim of information sharing. We do not allow companies to give sales presentations at our events, given our focus is on education and best practice.
Growing Families provides all website information in good faith based on our best efforts to ensure its accuracy . However company details and country-specific laws can change, so be careful to check with your local authorities.
Growing Families is funded via event sponsorship – paid by providers to be present at educational events); ticket sales – paid by attendees of educational events; consultancy services – paid by intended parents for customised advice and support; case-management fees – paid by providers (excl the US and Canada) to support intended parent journeys.
Growing Families invites parents to submit reviews of the service providers they have dealt with. These reviews are published without prejudice in order to provide intended parents with real-life appraisals of a large range of providers. If an individual is expressing an opinion of a provider, it must be overtly based on factual circumstances. If not, we may need it to be re-submitted or removed.
Growing Families operates a consultancy arm globally to advise intended parents on ideal options for their circumstances. Our recommendations of individual providers are based on legal eligibility; client budget; published IVF success rates (where available & relevant); past client feedback; transparency of processes; familiarity; provider response times and levels of care shown to all parties. Organisations we recommend are not determined by event sponsorship.
On occasion Growing Families’ support branch will charge a US$1500 case-based management fee to providers to assist with more complex documentation involved in client enrolment, concierge services, visa applications, citizenship and passport processes. Case management fees are optional and if paid, are billed after an intended parent has made their first payment to a surrogacy provider. They do not apply to Australian, UK, Canadian or US surrogacy.
How do we collect & manage information?
Sam is the founder of Growing Families, previously known as Families Through Surrogacy . He and his partner have two girls born via international surrogacy in 2011. Sam has been involved in family formation journeys for over eight years. He established the not-for-profit organisation Surrogacy Australia in 2010, which quickly became Australia’s go-to resource for media, government and intended parents. He is also an Executive Officer at Surrogacy Australia. Sam maintains diverse global networks with surrogacy researchers, families, agencies, donor banks and reproductive specialists. He is a regular media commentator and has c0-authored a number of articles on surrogacy utilisation and attitudes in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Bionews and the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Heather has an extensive background in marketing and events with a passion for developing partnerships and solutions. Working with sponsors, partners and event execution teams are some of Heather’s areas of expertise. She also brings a wealth of knowledge in social media, direct marketing and end-to-end campaign management. She works part-time but it available most days.