• 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

     

Advice and Insight from Parents, Surrogates & Professionals

Seminar Tickets available from £15

Seminar series for current and prospective parents and surrogates to network and learn more about options in the UK, US, Canada & Ukraine. Parent and surrogate panels a feature.

23 Oct 2018 to 27 Oct 2018

IconDublin 23 Oct 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options – Choosing a Country

Discusses the differences in surrogacy eligibility, expertise and practice in the US, Canada, UK, Ukraine, Greece & emerging markets

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF

Surrogacy in the US – How to maximize success and minimize costs

There are increasing options and price points for surrogacy and egg donation in the United States.  Service levels, surrogate and egg donor screening and costs, medical standards and monitoring throughout the journey can differ significantly. How do you choose whom to trust with your dream of a family? Is it possible to minimize the costs of Surrogacy in the United States and still maximize your success?

Guy will share the methodology developed by BabyBloom on how to customize surrogacy to intended parents’ needs and requirements, maximize success and control costs.

Guy Tatsa, Baby Bloom

‘One-Stop Shop’ Surrogacy 

In the US, Canada & UK, surrogacy agencies must be separate entities. However in some countries, like Ukraine, agencies and IVF providers can co-exist under one roof . With Ukraine booming as a surrogacy destination, many are choosing to engage with such ‘full-service’ providers. Louise Riding, from Ilaya explains how this model works, what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and legal parentage post birth.

Louise Riding, Ilaya, Ukraine

Legal Agreements & Parentage Post Surrogacy

For international surrogacy, there are surrogacy contracts to sign, powers of attorney and the  legal issues post birth can be complex in regard to citizenship and legal parentage. Sometimes intended parents do not share the same citizenship, sometimes there is not a genetic connection. You need to be well-prepared. This session summarises the key issues you need to be aware of and how to best organise for a hassle free process pre and post-birth.

Tracy Horan, Horan & Co, Ireland

 

 

FOOD, DRINKS & NETWORKING

Parent Panel

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents who engaged in US, Canada or Ukraine  detailing processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Lucy Fallon (mum via Ukraine), Liron  (Dad via US) tbc (used Canada) Neil McDonagh (Dad via UK)

IconEdinburgh 25 Oct 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options – Choosing a Country

Discusses the differences in surrogacy eligibility, expertise and practice in the US, Canada, UK, Ukraine, Greece & emerging markets

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF

Surrogacy in the US – How to maximize success and minimize costs

There are increasing options and price points for surrogacy and egg donation in the United States.  Service levels, surrogate and egg donor screening and costs, medical standards and monitoring throughout the journey can differ significantly. How do you choose whom to trust with your dream of a family? Is it possible to minimize the costs of Surrogacy in the United States and still maximize your success?

Guy will share the methodology developed by BabyBloom on how to customize surrogacy to intended parents’ needs and requirements, maximize success and control costs.

Guy Tatsa, Baby Bloom

‘One-Stop Shop’ Surrogacy 

In the US, Canada & UK, surrogacy agencies must be separate entities. However in some countries, like Ukraine, agencies and IVF providers can co-exist under one roof . With Ukraine booming as a surrogacy destination, many are choosing to engage with such ‘full-service’ providers. Louise Riding, from Ilaya explains how this model works, what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and legal parentage post birth.

Louise Riding, Ilaya, Ukraine

Legal Agreements & Parentage Post Surrogacy

Whether you engage in domestic or international surrogacy, there may be surrogacy contracts to sign, powers of attorney and the  legal issues post birth can be complex in regard to citizenship and legal parentage. Sometimes intended parents do not share the same citizenship, sometimes there is not a genetic connection. You need to be well-prepared. This session summarises the key issues you need to be aware of and how to best organise for a hassle free process pre and post-birth. Robert Gilmour uses his specialist expertise to provide a legal ‘roadmap’.

Robert Gilmour, SKO Family Specialist Lawyers, Scotland

 

 

Food, Drinks & Networking

Parent Panel

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents who engaged in UK, US or Canada  detailing processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panelists: Mandy Ross Chisholm (Mum via UK), Liron (Gay dad via US) Hannah Bailey (Mum via Canada)

Surrogate Perspectives

A Scottish surrogate discuss her motivations for carrying, her expectations, how she decided to work with intended parents she didn’t previously know, and advice for those looking to connect with surrogates domestically.

TBC

 

IconLondon 27 Oct 2018
Program
Timing Description

Surrogacy Options – Choosing a Country

Discusses the differences in surrogacy eligibility, expertise and practice in the US, Canada, UK, Ukraine, Greece & emerging markets

Sam Everingham, Families Through Surrogacy

Surrogacy in the US – How to maximize success and minimize costs

There are increasing options and price points for surrogacy and egg donation in the United States.  Service levels, surrogate and egg donor screening and costs, medical standards and monitoring throughout the journey can differ significantly. How do you choose whom to trust with your dream of a family? Is it possible to minimize the costs of Surrogacy in the United States and still maximize your success? Guy  will share the methodology developed by BabyBloom on how to customize surrogacy to intended parents’ needs and requirements, maximize success and control costs.

Guy Tatsa, Baby Bloom

Breaking the Myths about Surrogacy in Canada 

Countries like Greece, Canada & UK allow only altruistic surrogacy. How does this differ from commercial surrogacy? What motivates altruistic surrogates? What are the limitations and rules around access for Scandinavians ? A small number of Canadian ‘agencies’ work in this area. Nir Keren illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes through new excerpts from a detailed Canadian documentary

Nir Keren, Create IVF

‘One-Stop Shop’ Surrogacy 

In the US, Canada & UK, surrogacy agencies must be separate entities. However in some countries, like Ukraine, agencies and IVF providers can co-exist under one roof . With Ukraine booming as a surrogacy destination, many are choosing to engage with such ‘full-service’ providers. Louise Riding, from Ilaya explains how this model works, what to look at in selecting a provider, how Ukraine surrogates are screened and legal parentage post birth.

Louise Riding, Ilaya, Ukraine

The Logistics and Practice of Surrogacy in Greece

Greece is now open to surrogacy for foreigners if they are heterosexual couples or single women. Rosa Propato is one of the few surrogacy experts in Greece who specialises in assigning European couples to fulfil their dream. She explains the steps involved under Greece law, how surrogates are screened and the rules and availability of egg donors

Dr Rosa Propato, EmbryoClinic, Greece

Legal Agreements & Parentage Post Surrogacy

Whether you engage in domestic or international surrogacy, there may be surrogacy contracts to sign, powers of attorney and the  legal issues post birth can be complex in regard to citizenship and legal parentage. Sometimes intended parents do not share the same citizenship, sometimes there is not a genetic connection. You need to be well-prepared. This session summarises the key issues you need to be aware of and how to best organise for a hassle free process pre and post-birth.

Andrew Spearman, A City Law Firm

Drinks & Networking

 

Parent Panel

In-depth discussion & Q&A with parents who engaged in UK, US, Canada or Ukraine  detailing processes, costs, potential risks, what can go wrong and how to survive the unexpected hurdles

Moderator: Sam Everingham

Panellists:  Stacy Owen (used Ukraine) Chris Dreyfus-Gibson (used hybrid) Udi Keisary-Jones (used USA) Hannah Bailey (used Canada) Sarah Bentley (used UK)

Factors to Consider in Matching with a Surrogate

COTS has been assisting UK citizens to match with altruistic UK surrogates for decades. Here Kim Cotton shares her huge experience to provide advice to help you ensure your surrogate match is the ideal one with the best chances of  a harmonious journey

Kim Cotton, Founder, COTS