Surrogacy Event – Adelaide 21 February - Members · Growing Families


Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Date: 21 February 2023

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

Add recent global changes, COVID and the Ukraine war, along with an increase in demand for fertility assisted babies. All has led to changes in family-building programs availability, costs, and risks.

Growing Families Adelaide seminar navigates the post-landscape, discussing newer countries such as Argentina and Georgia, and addressing the stressors on regulated destinations of the USA and Canada.

Now, it is more important than ever to be aware of potential risks and challenges, as well as how service providers are addressing these!

Join us for an interactive ‘Ask Me Anything’ seminar

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

Tuesday 21 February
6.00pm to 9.30pm

Rydges Hotel, Adelaide

What You Will Learn!

A global program of experts, doctors, surrogates, donors, and parents will openly discuss Donor IVF, Surrogacy and Egg Donor Options in Australia and abroad. 

Our events are curated to provide the most up-to date information for those starting or on a family building surrogacy / donor journey.

The interactive seminar format provides advice, introductions and answers to questions, no matter where you are in your journey.  We cover steps on how to first engagement with professional service providers to taking your baby home.

This event will guide you on:

  • Surrogacy & Egg Donor Options by Country
  • Medical & Donor Considerations
  • Legal Issues
  • Parent & Surrogate Panels

One-on-One Consultations:

Included with your ticket is the opportunity to arrange meetings with as many experts from the seminar as you like. Read the profiles on each of our speakers and email us to arrange your consultation meetings.


Leaders in their Fields Providing Information on Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy,
Egg Donation and Legal Process

Dr Uliana coordinated the ground-breaking first international IVF procedure in Ukraine. Dr. Uliana has over 12 years’ IVF experience, performed over 5000 cycles, treated patients from 36 countries and has clinics all over the world.

Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, Medical Director, International Fertility Group, Georgia

Tamari initially ran programs solely in Georgia, recently opening a groundbreaking surrogacy and donor program in Argentina. Her specific interest is in inter-dependencies of global and national practices – how policies are written based on different regional contexts and translated into real medical solution to better health outcomes. 

Tamari Kachlishvili, Global Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina 

Cindy Wasser specialises in Fertility Law, she provides legal advice to intended parents, Canadian carriers, donors, fertility medical practitioners and fertility consultant agencies. Cindy is a mum to the first of two daughters through an egg donor and gestational surrogacy.

Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, Canada 

Click for our full list of expert speakers

Fulfilling Your Family Building Dream

‘Ask Me Anything’ Adelaide Seminar

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2023
Time:  6.00pm to 9.30pm
Location:  Rydges Hotel, Adelaide
Tickets: $30 + GST
Special Price $20 + GST

Ticket price includes;  one-on-one consultation with expert providers post event, lunch, afternoon tea, and complimentary networking drinks and nibbles. The networking drinks provide an opportunity to freely talk with all expert speakers, donor, surrogates, recent parents and children.

Growing Families have 11 years of experience supporting over 3000 singles and couples engaging in international donor and surrogacy arrangements.

Who should attend this Seminar

Heterosexual Couples:

  • 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

Same Sex Couples:

  • 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 the process of using donor eggs or sperm
  • Understand which jurisdictions allow a single person to engage in surrogacy
  • Connect with single parents who have been on this journey

Healthcare Professionals:

  • With an interest in third-party reproduction and patient journeys
  • Wanting to learn how best to support donors, surrogates or intended parents

Agenda & Speakers 2023

6.00 – 6.20pm


Welcome from Sam Everingham, Growing Families Founder, and an introduction about the evening.

Sam Everingham,  Founder, Growing Families

6.20 – 6.40pm

Making & Using Embryos

Discussing the process  on how to make embryos, embryo grading, testing and surrogate preparation to maximise success rates.

Includes the opportunity to ask questions.

Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, International Fertility Group, Georgia; Dr Clifford Librach, Create IVF Canada

6.40 – 7.20pm

Surrogacy & Donor Options by Country

Expert Service Providers give an update on the latest trends, problems and emerging issues for Donor IVF & surrogacy

Natia Janadze, ReproArt, Georgia; Tamari Kachlishvili, Surrogacy Consulting, Argentina & Georgia; Dr. Uliana Dorofeyeva, International Fertility Group, Georgia ; Cindy Wasser, Canada


7.20 – 7.50pm


The perfect time to talk with service providers, the presenters you have just heard from and others on a similar journey to you. 

7.50 – 8.00pm

Legal Issues

Legal expert Cindy Wasser, herself a parent via surrogacy, provides background on what you should consider in relation to agreements with surrogates or donors and how systems such as Canada & Australia’s protect intended parents and surrogates.

Includes questions from the audience. 

Cindy Wasser, Hope Springs Fertility Law, USA

8.00 – 9.10pm

The Reality ‘Ask Me Anything’ Panels

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

Hear from recent parents who engaged with surrogates locally or abroad. They will discuss their decision-making process, surrogate relationships, disclosure to family, cultural barriers, hurdles, costs and advice. 

Hear from teenagers born via surrogacy

Daniela Rankine (local surrogate),  Robyn Renyard (parent via Canada),  Matt Longobardi (dad via Australia), Ethan Faggotter (18 yr old via surrogacy).

9.10 – 9.30pm


The perfect time to talk with service providers, the presenters you have just heard from and others on a similar journey to you.

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.

Date:          Tuesday 21 February 2023
Time:        6.00pm to 9.30pm
Location:  Rydges Hotel, Adelaide
$30 + GSTSpecial Price $20 + GST

Ticket price includes:  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. 


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Meet Our Expert Speakers

Lauri De Brito
The Fertility Agency, USA
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Sam Everingham
Global Expert & Growing Families Director
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Family Members Sharing Their Stories

Teenager via surrogacy
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