• Surrogacy Experts from around the world

     
  • Families Through Surrogacy is a non-profit organisation

     
  • Run by parents for intended parents

     
  • We hold annual conferences to promote best-practice surrogacy

     
  • Meet and network with surrogates and intended parents

     

Unbiased Advice and Insight from Parents & Professionals

Parent-led education seminar on all aspects of surrogacy and egg donation journeys, including costs, pitfalls, embryo shipping, legal issues, parentage, accessing superannuation and specialist advice on Australian, US, Georgia and other options.

  • Brisbane 2.30 -6.00pm Sun 20 October, Mantra Southbank, 161 Grey St
  • Perth 6.00-9.30pm Tue 22 October, Metro Hotel, 61 Canning Highway, South Perth
  • Adelaide 6.00-9.30pm Wed 23 October, Rydges, 1 South Terrace
  • Melbourne 6.00-9.30pm Thu 24 October, Mantra Southbank, 31 City Rd
  • Canberra 2.30-6.00pm Sat 26 October Statesman Hotel, Theodore Street, Curtin
  • Sydney 2.30-6.00pm Sun 27 October, Norths Leagues Club, 12 Abbott St, Cammeray
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Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

 

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS, SURROGATES & EXPERTS

Food & Drinks provided

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Olivia Santa

Panelists: Stephen Glover (dad via US), tbc (via Georgia) tbc (via Australia) tbc (via Ukraine)

What Australian Surrogates & Donors Expect from You

Educates future intended parents and fertility counsellors as to what they need to focus on before moving forward and what support surrogates require during these intense journeys

Mel Holman, Surrogate & Egg donor

Icon Perth Tuesday 22 October 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

Hayley Christidis

Accessing Your Superannuation for Surrogacy

Australian superannuation funds will currently allow funds to be accessed for IVF & surrogacy purposes – whether in Australia or offshore. However its important to understand what can and cant be claimed and how to submit the paperwork to ensure it meets the guidelines. This practical presentation makes seemingly complex paperwork far easier.

Sam Everingham

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS, SURROGATES & EXPERTS

Food & Drinks provided

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Rachel Lovich (mum via Georgia), tbc (mum via Australia), Simon Romeo (dad via Mexico) tbc (dad via US)

Surrogates Own Experiences

Icon Adelaide Wednesday 23 october 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

Anna McKie

Accessing Your Superannuation for Surrogacy

Australian superannuation funds will currently allow funds to be accessed for IVF & surrogacy purposes – whether in Australia or offshore. However its important to understand what can and cant be claimed and how to submit the paperwork to ensure it meets the guidelines. This practical presentation makes seemingly complex paperwork far easier.

Sam Everingham

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS, SURROGATES & EXPERTS

Food & Drinks provided

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists:

Surrogates Own Experiences

Icon Melbourne Thursday 24 October 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Legal Issues for Australians Accessing Surrogacy

An expert fertility lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you and your surrogate are protected legally post birth for domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, Victoria

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS, SURROGATES & EXPERTS

Food & Drinks provided

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Shaun Larkin (Dad via Aust surrogacy & donation)

Co-parenting – It Takes a Village to Raise a Family

Rodney’s son Ethan was born via US surrogacy, and Rodney has been a leader in the Gay Dads community here in Australia. But Rodney and his partner have also donated sperm to a number of lesbian couples and entered successful co-parent arrangements with some. Here he talks about the vital aspects to tackle if such arrangements are to work

Rodney Chiang-Cruise, Dad via surrogacy & co-parenting

Icon Canberra Saturday 26 October 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

Accessing Your Superannuation for Surrogacy

Some Australian superannuation funds will currently allow funds to be accessed for IVF & surrogacy purposes – whether in Australia or offshore. However it’s important to understand what can and cant be claimed and how to submit the paperwork to ensure it meets the guidelines. This practical presentation makes seemingly complex paperwork far easier.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS & EXPERTS

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Felicity Kennedy (mum via US), Stephen Glover (dad via US) tbc (via Australia) tbc (via Ukraine)

What Australian Surrogates Expect from You

Educates future intended parents and fertility counsellors as to what they need to focus on before moving forward and what support surrogates require during these intense journeys

Icon Sydney Sunday 27 October 2019
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy & Egg Donation – Don’t Get Trapped

As demand for surrogacy grows, some agencies and countries are struggling to cope with the increase in requests for surrogates and donors. Too often Australians are paying large up-front fees to OS providers who fail to match them with a surrogate, or paying tens of thousands for shipped eggs which fail to result in a pregnancy. This session looks at the differences between altruistic and compensated programs; egg donor considerations; likely program costs and how can they be controlled; Success rates and choosing reliable providers.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

Surrogacy & Egg Donors – Texas Style

Countries like the Australia and Canada struggle to recruit and support surrogates, whereas some US states do this well based on better laws, compensation, screening and experience. Texas has not come under the same pressure as California to increase surrogate compensation so surrogacy arrangements can be significantly more affordable. For the first time we put a spotlight on Texas as a rising star in North American surrogacy.

Kristin Hanson, Simple Surrogacy, Texas

IVF & Embryology Techniques to maximise your Success

This session by esteemed Texas IVF professional Rob Kaufman covers what medical tests you should prepare prior to surrogacy, embryo shipping considerations, semen analysis, the pros and cons of PGD testing of embryos and decisions around single vs double embryo transfer.

Dr Rob Kaufmann, Fort Worth Fertility, Texas

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Georgia – A Well Kept Secret

Where the hell is Georgia? Just west of Turkey. One of only six countries with laws allowing foreigners to be recognised as legal parents, Georgia has had such laws for over two decades. Openness is key – like Australia, egg donors cannot be anonymous. Yet a lack of awareness meant few Australians engaged there – until recently. With far easier paperwork requirements than Ukraine, no visa requirements, advanced IVF technologies and low costs, it’s not hard to understand the attraction.

Tamari Kachlishvili, ReproArt, Georgia

Legal Issues for Australians Accessing Surrogacy

An experienced surrogacy lawyer uses case studies to illustrate the usual timelines and steps involved in drawing up surrogacy agreements, looks at whether donor agreements are necessary and illustrates the pathways to ensure you are protected legally post birth for domestic and overseas surrogacy.

Sascha Mastras, Merridy Elphick Lawyers, NSW

 

Accessing Your Superannuation for Surrogacy

Some Australian superannuation funds will currently allow funds to be accessed for IVF & surrogacy purposes – whether in Australia or offshore. However it’s important to understand what can and cant be claimed and how to submit the paperwork to ensure it meets the guidelines. This practical presentation makes seemingly complex paperwork far easier.

Rebecca Newson, Australian mum via OS surrogacy

NETWORKING WITH PARENTS & EXPERTS

Surrogacy in Australia – SASS style

For those keen to engage in altruistic domestic surrogacy, Surrogacy Australia’s new Support Service (SASS) has been enrolling surrogates and intended parents since January this year. Teams have already formed. The charity introduces pre-screened IPs to pre-screened surrogates as well as providing mentor sessions, expert referrals, expenses management and counselling support to already formed and new teams. A SASS mentor provides their own experience of helping others on similar journeys

Parent Panel

Australian parents who have utilised surrogacy at home or overseas (both gay and heterosexual) discuss their experiences, the ups and downs, how they coped and what they’d recommend for other intended parents

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Stephen Glover (dad via US), Rebecca Newson (mum via Georgia) Leah Ellis (mum via Australia) Luc Marshall-Weinberg (dad via Canada)