Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Interactive Seminars


For an individual or couple considering parenthood with donors and/or surrogacy, navigating the family building process can be overwhelming. 

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ seminar in Sydney

Saturday 18 February 

11.30am to 6.00pm


Designed to inform you on Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donation options in Australia and abroad, our interactive format provides advice, introductions and answers to your questions, no matter where you are in your family building journey.  It will cover steps from first engagement to taking your baby home.

The day is broken into expert sessions such as Medical & Donor considerations, Legal issues, Options By Country, Parent & Surrogate panels.  Each session includes an expert panel – a chance to clarify much of the conflicting information and myths you may have been exposed to online.

Growing Families are here to help.

There is a lot of information available on the web, and through agencies that leaves a lot of questions unanswered

What You Will Learn

Growing Families events provide an opportunity to learn from a global program of experts, surrogates, donors and parents, curated to provide the most relevant information for ‘those starting or on a family building surrogacy journey.

This event will guide you on:

  • Legal rights & responsibilities for intended parents, surrogates and donors
  • Important considerations in egg donor selection
  • Different program types, hidden costs and risks
  • Managing the process
  • Embryo creation options
  • Setting realistic expectations as to timeframes and agency responsibilities

Date:         Saturday 18 February 2023
Time:        11.30am to 6.00pm
Location:  North Leagues Club, Cammeray

Tickets:    $55 + gst

Who This Seminar Is For

  • Understand the destinations that allow gay couples and singles to engage in surrogacy
  • Learn about egg donor selection and what you should consider before making your decision
  • Understand the legal & practical issues around travel, birth certificates and parentage
  • Understand how age affects IVF success rates, when you should be considering a donor & what options are available at home and abroad
  • Understand why the Ukraine is now a dangerous option for surrogacy
  • Learn about embryo shipping options, costs and risks
  • Understand the process of using donor eggs or sperm
  • Understand which jurisdictionsallow a single person to engage in surrogacy
  • Connect with single parents who have been on this journey
  • With an interest in infertility or family building options


Why You Should Attend Even If You Have Been Before:

Surrogacy & Donor options, wait times and agency capacity change regularly given the high demand. Our events focus on providing the latest information and updates. We constantly review feedback on agencies, risks and other hurdles to allow you to better plan. 

So, no matter where you are in your family building journey, these events provide essential updated information + an opportunity to talk with recent parents and older children via surrogacy.


Growing Families have over 10 years of experience supporting 3000 singles and couples engaging in cross-border donor and surrogacy arrangements.

Date:         Saturday 18 February 2023
Time:        11.30am to 6.00pm
North Leagues Club, Cammeray
Tickets:    $55 + gst

Ticket price includes:  morning & afternoon tea, lunch and complimentary networking drinks and nibbles. Along with the opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor & surrogates, recent parents and older children on the day. 


“Thank you for a great event in Dublin, I enjoyed the day.  The feedback is very positive from everyone I have spoken to”  Anne, Dublin Conference 2022 

“I was very pleased with the extent of the advice, guidance and information I received”  Fiona, Dublin Conference 2022 

“I enjoyed meeting with experts and parents”  Marg, Dublin Conference 2022

“Thank you for the avalanche of information and support”   Josh, Dublin Conference 2022



11.30 - 12.30pm

Making & Using Embryo’s

During this time we will be discussing the regulated process in Australia on how to make embryo’s, where they go after being harvested and the process to send to my country of choice for surrogacy.

We will also discuss your donor options and the process that follows which will include family and friends, IVF clinic or Donor database abroad donor suitability, screening and counselling.

Presenting in this session will be IVF specialists from around the globe.  And include an ‘Ask Me Anything’ speaker session, providing you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Dr Bronwyn Devine, IVF Australia; Dr Said Daneshmand, SDFC, USA; Dr Uliana Dorofeyeva, Ovogene Slovakia

12.30 - 1.00pm

Latest Changes in Surrogacy & Egg Donor Options

An update on the latest trends, emerging issues and problems for Donor IVF & surrogacy locally & abroad.

Sam Everingham, Growing Families

1.00 - 1.30pm


1.30 - 2.30pm

Surrogacy Options by Country

An overview from expert service providers on the latest processes in US, Greece, Australia, Georgia, Argentina & Ukraine.

‘Ask Me Anything’!  An opportunity for attendees to direct their questions to the panel of experts. 

Lauri De Brito, The Fertility Agency, US; Michael Bass, MFI, Greece; Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy, Israel 

2.30 - 3.00pm

Legal Expert Panel

Organisations from Australia and the US discuss legal issues associated with surrogacy and egg donation, and will open the floor for Q&A. 

Aboorva Sundar, Sarah Bevan Lawyers, Australia; Rich Vaughn, International Fertility Law Group, USA

3.00 - 3.20pm


3.20 – 3.50pm

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3.50- 5.20pm

The Reality ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panels

Hear from donors and surrogates about their motivations, experience and preferences.

Hear from recent parents who engaged locally or abroad discuss their decision-making process, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, cultural barriers, hurdles, costs and audience question time.

Hear from teenagers born via egg donor or surrogacy open up about their lives, understanding where they came from and their sense of self.

5.20 - 6.00pm


Enjoy drinks and nibbles while mingling with service providers, speakers and other intended parents on a similar journey to you.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us via email: [email protected].

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