• 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

Early Bird Conference Tickets available from EU 50

FTS third Dublin conference is aimed at the information and networking needs of prospective parents. The one day event focuses on parent and surrogate feedback, as well as expert sessions on the medical, legal, logistics and psychological considerations of surrogacy in  US & Ukraine  The event also provide insights and discussion of newer surrogacy destinations including Canada and Kenya.

Venue: Croke Park, Jones Rd, Dublin 3

Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Dublin Conference 11 Mar 2018

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Timing Description

Surrogacy Options – The Current Landscape

What are the key steps required in surrogacy arrangements? What options are available? What risks and considerations do you need to plan for upfront? How can you calculate  budgets and chances of success?

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Understanding IVF Processes in Surrogacy

Craig Reisser, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, USA

Egg  & Sperm Quality – Important Factors Predicting Success

You are asking much of your surrogate, so ensuring you have strong embryos to implant is crucial. Whether you are using your own or donor eggs, this session will clarify the factors that affect egg & sperm quality and what you and your team can do to give you best chances of success.

Dr Guy Ringler, California Fertility Partners, USA

Common Questions Regarding Cross-Border Surrogacy

What hidden costs and additional costs should you expect;

Louise Riding, Ilaya Clinic, Ukraine


Experiences of Fatherhood among Gay Men

Based on research with Irish gay dads, this talk summaries how gay men form their families, access support and integrate their “gay” and “father” identities.

Conn Dorai-Raj, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Getting your head and uterus around surrogacy

Not being able to carry your own child is commonly associated with feelings of grief and loss for women. This session addresses tools to help you come to terms with infertility

Roisin Venables, Infertility Counsellors Association

 IVF Add-ons – What you really need

IVF clinic are increasingly offering a vast array of add-ons such as Pre-genetic testing, scratch tests, embryo ‘glue’ to regular IVF. But is there evidence that these provide any added benefit? An expert cuts through to provide the facts

Dr Said Daneshmand, San Diego Fertility Center, USA

Embryo Transfer Decisions

What are the relative success rates of single vs double embryo transfer? What are the risks? Are there differences in success if my embryos are frozen and transferred later? How does shipping and thawing affect embryo quality and loss rates?

Dr Clifford Librach, Create IV Canada

Surrogacy Agreements & Contracts

Are they mandatory? Are they enforceable? How does this differ by country? To what extent is the surrogate and/or the commissioning parent protected in each scenario? What elements need to be included in such documents?

Tracy Horan, Ireland, Steve Snyder, Snyder law, US


Parent Panel

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

The Perfect Fit – Surrogate – IP matching

The role of agencies in ensuring a good match between Surrogates and Intended Parents. How to ensure your relationship is a healthy one and thrives

Moderator: Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Panelists: Ruth David, Creative Family Connections, US Carol Weathers, Building Families, US, Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Calif


Legal Documentation following Surrogacy

Who goes on Birth Certificates? How are parental rights of the surrogate relinquished?

What sort of court hearing is required? What are the costs?

Paula Mahan, California, tbc Ireland

Logistical Aspects of Surrogacy in Ukraine

parents + agency

Maria Feshchak, Intersono

Who Qualifies to be a surrogate?

there is inconsistency in IVF clinic policy on this issue. Panel discusses and compares guidelines in the US & other countries