• 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

Seminar tickets available from AUD $25

Seminar series for current and prospective parents and surrogates to network and learn more about options in Australia, the US, Canada, Ukraine & elsewhere. Parent and surrogate panels are a key feature of each Seminar.

Sat 10 Feb Brisbane; tbc                                                                             Sun 11 Feb Sydney CQ University, 400 Kent St, City;

Tues 13 February Canberra; tbc                                                                Wed 14 Feb Melbourne; Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Thurs 15 Feb Adelaide; Loft Space, Minor Works Building, 22 Stamford Ct

Fri 16 Feb Metro Hotel, 61 Canning Highway, South Perth

Icon Australian Seminar Series Saturday 10 February Brisbane
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About International IVF Processes

Ella provides answers to many of the common questions intended parents have, including how to make sense of pricing, where to find success rate data for IVF clinics, the pros and cons of single & double embryo transfers.

Ella McNamara, Fertility Center of Las Vegas

 

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Considerations for Australians

Ben Sayer has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Ben will clarify which jurisdiction is relevant when your surrogate or donor is in a different state and what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet Australian requirements. He will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging outside the IVF environment using traditional surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, VIC

Navigating Australian Surrogacy Processes

The red tape doesnt have to be this hard! Not all Australian IVF clinics have onerous patient review panels and ethics processes. This session summarises some key tips to help smooth your journey to embryo transfer for surrogacy arrangements in the Australian context, including screening and counselling requirements

Ruth Keat, Life Fertility. Queensland

Networking & Drinks

Parent Panel

Australian gay and heterosexual couples who successfully engaged  in Australia, Canada, US or Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Panelists: Ben Warner (used Australia), Daniela Meffert (used Ukraine), tbc (used Canada), tbc (used USA)

Surrogate Panel

What is it like to be a surrogate when your’e over 50? What about if the first few embryo transfers dont work? What motivates surrogates to keep going? What toll does it take on your body? A panel of Queensland surrogates  discuss these issues, what they look for in Intended Parents, their experience of IVF and legal processes, and relationships during and after surrogacy arrangements.

Moderator: Rachel Kunde

Panelists: Charmaine Staal, Charli Lee, Mandy Woodbury-Martin & Megan Fry

IconAustralian Seminar Series Sunday 11 February Sydney
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About International IVF Processes

Ella provides answers to many of the common questions intended parents have, including how to make sense of pricing, where to find success rate data for IVF clinics, the pros and cons of single & double embryo transfers.

Ella McNamara, Fertility Center of Las Vegas

 

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Considerations for Australians

Ben Sayer has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Ben will clarify which jurisdiction is relevant when your surrogate or donor is in a different state and what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet Australian requirements. He will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging outside the IVF environment using traditional surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, VIC

Navigating Australian Surrogacy Processes

The red tape doesnt have to be this hard! Not all Australian IVF clinics have onerous patient review panels and ethics processes. This session summarises some key tips to help smooth your journey to embryo transfer for surrogacy arrangements in the Australian context, including screening and counselling requirements

Ruth Keat, Life Fertility. Queensland

Networking & Drinks

Parent Panel

Australian gay and heterosexual couples who successfully engaged  in Australia, Canada, US or Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Juan Fernandez (used Mexico & Aust); Amanda Bates (used Australia), tbc (used US), Daniela Meffert (used Ukraine)

IconAustralian Seminar Series Tuesday 13 February Canberra
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About International IVF Processes

Ella provides answers to many of the common questions intended parents have, including how to make sense of pricing, where to find success rate data for IVF clinics, the pros and cons of single & double embryo transfers.

Ella McNamara, Fertility Center of Las Vegas

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Considerations for Australians

Ben Sayer has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Ben will clarify which jurisdiction is relevant when your surrogate or donor is in a different state and what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet Australian requirements. He will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging outside the IVF environment using traditional surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, VIC

Navigating Australian Surrogacy Processes

The red tape doesnt have to be this hard! Not all Australian IVF clinics have onerous patient review panels and ethics processes. This session summarises some key tips to help smooth your journey to embryo transfer for surrogacy arrangements in the Australian context, including screening and counselling requirements

Ruth Keat, Life Fertility. Queensland

Networking, Food & Drinks

Parent Panel

Australian gay and heterosexual couples who successfully engaged  in Australia, Canada, US or Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Felicity Kennedy (used US); Trevor Dando (used Ukraine); Steve & Jen Dunne (used Aust); Andy Leonard (used Canada)

Surrogate Unicorn Come Hither

Find out from Australian surrogates what they look for in intended parents, and what you can do to ensure your chances of finding a surrogate here in Australia are maximised

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Amey Bencke, Lauren Armstrong (tbc)

 

IconAustralian Seminar Series Wednesday 14 February Melbourne
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About International IVF Processes

Ella provides answers to many of the common questions intended parents have, including how to make sense of pricing, where to find success rate data for IVF clinics, the pros and cons of single & double embryo transfers.

Ella McNamara, Fertility Center of Las Vegas

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Considerations for Australians

Ben Sayer has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Ben will clarify which jurisdiction is relevant when your surrogate or donor is in a different state and what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet Australian requirements. He will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging outside the IVF environment using traditional surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, VIC

Navigating Australian Surrogacy Processes

The red tape doesnt have to be this hard! Not all Australian IVF clinics have onerous patient review panels and ethics processes. This session summarises some key tips to help smooth your journey to embryo transfer for surrogacy arrangements in the Australian context, including screening and counselling requirements

Ruth Keat, Life Fertility. Queensland

Networking, Food & Drinks

Parent Panel

Australian gay and heterosexual couples who successfully engaged  in Australia, Canada, US or Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Nicole Russell (used Australia); Trevor Dando (used Ukraine); tbc (used US);

Surrogate Panel

What about if the first few embryo transfers dont work? What motivates surrogates to keep going? What toll does it take on your body? A panel of Queensland surrogates  discuss these issues, what they look for in Intended Parents, their experience of IVF and legal processes, and relationships during and after surrogacy arrangements.

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists: Bree Miller, Sarah Jefford; Renee Golland

IconAustralian Seminar Series Thursday 15 February Adelaide
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Legal Considerations for Australians

Ben Sayer has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Ben will clarify which jurisdiction is relevant when your surrogate or donor is in a different state and what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet Australian requirements. He will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging outside the IVF environment using traditional surrogacy.

Ben Sayer, Sayer Jones, VIC

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Navigating Australian Surrogacy Processes

The red tape doesnt have to be this hard! Not all Australian IVF clinics have onerous patient review panels and ethics processes. This session summarises some key tips to help smooth your journey to embryo transfer for surrogacy arrangements in the Australian context, including screening and counselling requirements

Ruth Keat, Life Fertility. Queensland

 Surrogacy In Ukraine – What sort of women carry and what are the Outcomes?

Ukraine has exploded as a surrogacy destination since the closure of India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia, partly because it has laws which specifically allow foreigners to engage in surrogacy where they are heterosexual and have a medical need. But what motivates Ukrainian women to carry for foreigners – is it purely the money they can earn?.  If you are engaging in Ukraine you should understand something of Ukraine culture & customs as well as what motivates these women to carry your child.

Dana Magdassi, Lotus Surrogacy

Food, Drinks & Networking

IconAustralian Seminar Series Friday 16 February Perth
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Decision-Making

What does it takes to locate and work with a surrogate independently in Australia? What sort of factors predict successful relationships? Who is cross-border surrogacy best suited to? What factors and red flags must be considered before you choose a provider. What support is available? What are the options when it comes to donor eggs or poor sperm quality?

Olivia Santa, Families Through Surrogacy

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About International IVF Processes

Ella provides answers to many of the common questions intended parents have, including how to make sense of pricing, where to find success rate data for IVF clinics, the pros and cons of single & double embryo transfers.

Ella McNamara, Fertility Center of Las Vegas

Altruistic Surrogacy in Canada –  really?

How does it work? What are surrogates compensated? Do you need to use a surrogacy agency? How hard is it to match with a surrogate? How are surrogates and intended parents supported? What citizenship is a child born in Canada eligible for? What motivates Canadian women to carry altruistically for foreigners?

Nir Keren, Create IVF, Canada

Legal Considerations for West Australians

Kirsten has developed great expertise in supporting both intended parents and surrogates engaging in domestic surrogacy. The processes required to achieve legal transfer of parentage differ by state. Kirsten will clarify what legal processes you will need to budget for to meet WA requirements. She will also discuss any differences in legal processes for those engaging in cross-border surrogacy.

Kirsten Gammer, Woodville Family lawyers, WA

tbc

 

 

Networking, Food & Drinks

Parent Panel

Australian gay and heterosexual couples who successfully engaged  in Australia, Canada, US or Ukraine share their experiences, the ups and downs and their recommendations for those considering the same journey. Includes audience Q&A

Moderator: Greg Chang

Panellists: Andy Leonard (used Canada), Ellinor (used Ukraine),  tbc (used US & India) tbc (used Australia)