Sam Everingham

Founder of Growing Families

About Sam Everingham

Sam Everingham is a prominent figure in the surrogacy and family building community. His personal experience as a father to two daughters born via international surrogacy inspired him to help others navigate the complexities of surrogacy.

In 2010, Sam established Surrogacy Australia, a not-for-profit organization that quickly became the leading resource for surrogacy-related information in Australia. The organization has been instrumental in advising media, government bodies, and intended parents on surrogacy matters.

With a strong desire to help more and more people around the globe, Sam founded Growing Families (previously known as Families Through Surrogacy). Through his extensive global networks, Sam collaborates with researchers, agencies, donor banks, and reproductive specialists to provide comprehensive support and up-to-date information to intended parents.

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Approach and Philosophy

Sam believes in a personalized approach to surrogacy consultancy. He understands that every surrogacy journey is unique and takes the time to understand each client’s specific circumstances and goals. His work is characterized by empathy, transparency, and a deep commitment to helping intended parents achieve their dreams.

“Surrogacy is not just a medical procedure; it’s a journey of trust, hope, and resilience. My goal is to make this journey as smooth and informed as possible for all involved.

– Sam Everingham

Sam’s Vision

Sam’s work is driven by his belief in the transformative power of surrogacy to create loving families. He is committed to ensuring that intended parents are well-informed and supported throughout their journey. As Sam often says, “Surrogacy is not just a medical procedure; it’s a journey of trust, hope, and resilience. My goal is to make this journey as smooth and informed as possible for all involved.”

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Testimonials

“Sam, Heather and the team have been a fantastic help to us with our journeys across a range of areas and we really appreciate the support they have provided.”

– Heidi I.

“I regard contacting Sam as a first and a mandatory step in anyone considering pursuing surrogacy. He and his team went over and above through the most chaotic of circumstances for us, and for many others. Reach out to them before you do anything else.”

– Alex V.

“Sam has been a wealth of knowledge, connected with all the right people to bring our dreams of having a family to a reality. Thanks Sam.”

Marcus S.

Media Presence and Advocacy

Sam is a regular commentator on surrogacy issues in various media outlets and has contributed to numerous academic and professional publications. His articles on surrogacy and attitudes towards it have been featured in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Bionews, and the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. His insights and expertise make him a sought-after speaker at conferences and events worldwide.

Here are some of Sam’s notable engagements and advocacies:

Watch Sam's interview on ABC News

Helping Victims of Fraud in Greece

Sam provided critical support to families affected by the MFI scandal. He helped Australian couples whose surrogacy plans were thrown into disarray when Greek authorities shut down the clinic amidst allegations of human trafficking and fraud. His efforts included coordinating with legal and diplomatic channels to reunite parents with their newborns and secure the release of embryos trapped in the clinic​.

Watch the Baby Business Boom documentary by the Economist

Exploring the Ethical Aspects of Surrogacy

Sam featured as an expert in the documentary film by The Economist, titled “The Baby Business Boom”. In this documentary, Sam provides in-depth analysis of the global surrogacy landscape, discussing the ethical, legal, and personal aspects of surrogacy journeys. His insights help viewers understand the complexities and driving forces behind the growing surrogacy industry.

Sam's interview about surrogacy during covid19

Navigating Surrogacy During a COVID-19

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Sam played a pivotal role in assisting intended parents in overcoming unprecedented travel restrictions and medical hurdles. His efforts ensured the safe and timely arrival of their children, despite the challenging circumstances. Sam’s insights during the pandemic were featured in various media outlets, where he discussed the impact of COVID-19 on surrogacy and the solutions he and his team implemented.

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Surrogacy Stories and Personal Insights

In addition to his media appearances, Sam has co-authored the book “Surrogacy Stories – Twenty Extraordinary Journeys” with Kerry Duncan. The book highlights diverse experiences and challenges faced by intended parents and surrogates, emphasizing the resilience and determination required to build families through surrogacy.

Sam and Kerry also hosted the podcast “My Miracle Baby,” where they explore personal stories, expert interviews, and practical advice, providing valuable insights for intended parents and surrogacy professionals alike.

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Ready to Start Your Journey?

If you’re interested in learning more about surrogacy and how we can support your family-building goals, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Our team is here to answer your questions and guide you through every step of the process.