October Surrogacy Milestones!
HONG KONG – Protests? What Protests?
While there was concern that Growing Families first Asian seminar in Hong Kong last Saturday (19 Oct) may be risky, given the ongoing protests, a well-chosen venue and the need for education available meant 25 intended parents turned out to engage with our four resolute sponsors from ORM Fertility (US), Agency for Surrogacy Solutions (US), IVMed (Ukraine) and Rosjur Consulting (Russia). Hong Kong Lawyer Aaron Chan provided a practical guide to how and where to obtain citizenship following surrogacy arrangements.
Dr Celia Chan, from Hong Kong University, the territory’s only practicing infertility counsellor pointed out that while altruistic surrogacy is legal in Hong Kong, it is seldom if ever practiced because no HK IVF clinic is accreditted to underake surrgoacy.
At the October seminar, one-on-one meetings proved really powerful in an environment where privacy is valued. So both intended parents and sponsors came away very thankful for the event and what it offered. With new connections made, next year’s event promises to be bigger still. Copies of this year’s presentations are at https://www.growingfamilies.org/hong-kong-seminar/
BRISBANE Seminar breaks records
Our first Brisbane Seminar under the Growing Families brand broke all records in terms of attendance on Sunday (20 Oct) with a record crowd turning up to hear from parents talking about US, Canadian, Australian and Georgian surrogacy journeys. Many came especially to hear from Australian lawyer Stephen Page, along with Kristen Hanson from Texas and ReproArt in Georgia. For many of our speakers, it is their first time at our events.
Upcoming seminars this week in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney are causing quite a stir