Families Through Surrogacy is a non-profit organisation run by surrogate parents. Because health-care professionals in many countries are unable to assist intended parents, we play a vital role in promoting best-practice surrogacy arrangements.
“A great conference.
It’s so nice to see some grown children of surrogacy tell their stories in their own words.”
-Rachel Kunde (surrogate)
US Reproductive medicine specialist,
Director of the Fertility Center of Las Vegas
Indian Reproductive medicine specialist,
Gynecologist and Fertility Specialist
UK Specialist Surrogacy lawyer,
Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Family Research
University of Cambridge
UK Specialist Surrogacy lawyer,
'100 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK'
- Independent on Sunday
UK Surrogacy co-ordinator,
Director, Brilliant Beginnings
UK surrogacy and egg donation agency
UK Surrogacy lawyer,
Fertility and family law
Human Rights Lawyer,
Ranked as a leading expert in Civil Liberties & Human Rights by Chambers UK
Child and Family Law expert for over 20 years
Registration & Welcome from Sam Everingham
The practicalities of Surrogacy for IPs, with Helen Prosser
Panel: Conducting Your Research Protecting privacy; sourcing reliable information on agencies. Chair: Sarah Norcross with Richard Westoby (UK), Karen Lynagh (Ireland), Antonio Vial Coro (Spain).
Panel: Legal Issues, Chair: Barbara Connolly
Parentage orders for UK citizens using offshore surrogacy. Panelist: Natalie Gamble, NGA.
The sticky issues in surrogacy What are the legal risks of undertaking cross-border surrogacy as an EU citizen Does the unborn child have rights that need considering? When is a parent merely a sperm donor at law? Panelists: Louisa Ghevaert, Sally Azarmi, Merry Varney.
Panel Discussions. Chair: Richard Westoby
Embryo Transfer Decisions Risks and factors to consider prior to making a decision. Dr Said Daneshmand from Las Vegas Fertility Center, USA
Surrogacy on the sub-continent How India’s surrogacy clinics are again assisting gay men to create families. Dr Shivani Sachdev, Surrogacy Centre India
Understanding & Managing Costs Payment types, managing exchange rates, third party fees, health insurance, escrow accounts. Panelists: Sam Everingham, Graham Parsons, Yvonne Fearnsides
Cross-Border Surrogacy Chair: Sam Everingham
Surrogacy Practice in Canada Sara Cohen
Q & A
How the Spanish Government Was Forced to Recognise Parentage Through Surrogacy. Antonio Vila Coro, Spanish parent through surrogacy
Q & A
Surrogacy In Italy Understanding the realities for existing & intended parents. Marco Tiscali & Tommaso Giartosio, Italian parents through surrogacy
Surrogacy Practice in Georgia Sophie Ukleba from New Life, Georgia.
Parents discuss their journeys to have a child via the UK & USA. Moderator: Said Daneshmand. Panellists: Richard Westoby (US), Yvonne Fearnsides (UK)
Parents discuss their journeys to have a child via Thailand & India. Moderator: Sara Cohen. Panellists: Graham Parsons, Karen Lynagh Andreas Bengtsson
In-depth smaller group discussion & Q&A With gay and heterosexual parents who used altruistic (UK), US/Canada or India/Thailand/ Ukraine detailing what to expect – processes, costs and success rates. Hetero journeys Moderator: Sam Everingham with Yvonne Fearnsides (UK) Karen Lynagh (India)
Hetero journeys Moderator: Sam Everingham with Yvonne Fearnsides (UK) Karen Lynagh (India)
Gay male journeys Moderator: Richard Westoby with Daniel Nascimento Alex & Graham Parsons, Andreas Bengtsson
Surrogacy for Scandinavians – Will altruistic surrogacy become possible? Why does India remain so popular? How is parentage granted? With Andreas Bengtsson (Swedish parent thru surrogacy)
Controlling the costs of IVF when using offshore arrangements – What medical aspects can be done at home? With Dr. Claire Mellon, obstetrician
Q & A
Angels or Armoured Carriers? the merits of using traditional vs gestational surrogacy, carrying for a stranger, managing expectations; how do we know if we can work together? Using family members as surrogates. Panelists: Jane Macinnes, Sally Koller, Clare Malloy
Q & A
Parenting, parent-child relationships and child outcomes. Ever wondered how children through surrogacy ‘turn out’? This cutting edge long-term research provides many of the answers. Chair: Sarah Norcross, with Dr Vasanti Jadva Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
Surrogates’ long-term experiences relationships and contact arrangements with surrogacy families. Chair: Sarah Norcross, with Susan Imrie Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge
Support for surrogacy arrangements during pregnancy and after. – what qualities are needed? What are the likely hurdles. Moderator: Natalie Gamble with Panelists: Yvonne Fearnsides, Clare Molloy, Sally Koller
Time to tell How, when and why explaining donor conception and surrogacy to kids is crucial. Marco Tiscali