Over 10 years of experience supporting 3000 singles and couples engaging in cross-border donor and surrogacy arrangements.

About us

Welcome to Growing Families

Founded by dad via surrogacy, Sam Everingham, our philosophy is to ensure intended parents understand their options and are both prepared for and supported on their family building journey with practical advice and expert guidance.

We work with intended parents – Gay, Heterosexual and Singles from around the globe to educate and support their family building journey with donors and/or surrogates.

We are a research -oriented organisation. We partner with academics to design and complete research to inform policy and practice.  Our extensive relationships with surrogates, parents, clinics, surrogacy agencies, family lawyers, egg banks, counsellors and government allows us to share their expertise and experience, to assist with your family building dreams.

We have assisted over 3000 singles and couples to build their family since 2011.   Over 250 parents, surrogates and donors have shared their stories at our events in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Hong Kong.

We support intended parents through webinars, seminars, conferences, and customised support.  We aim to provide one place to source all the information needed to make building your family easier.

our team

Sam Everingham


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.  Sam maintains diverse global networks with surrogacy researchers, families, agencies, donor banks and reproductive specialists. He is a regular media commentator and has co-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

Olivia Santa

Event Sponsorship

Olivia has been working with Growing Families for almost six years. She looks after marketing and sponsor partnerships globally and in this role liaises closely with IVF clinics, surrogacy agencies and law firms in Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Georgia, Russia and elsewhere. She lives in Sydney Australia and works Monday – Wednesdays inclusive.

Heather Anderson

Client Services

Heather has an extensive background in customer service with a passion for developing partnerships and solutions. Working with Australian parents initial enquiries, with venues, suppliers, our IT partners and Mailchimp maintenance are some of Heather’s areas of expertise.  She also brings a wealth of knowledge in direct marketing and end-to-end campaign management. She works part-time but is available most days.