About Us

We are a charity who work with intended parents- Gay and Heterosexual- around the globe to educate and support their family building journey with donors and surrogates. Formerly Families Through Surrogacy, we have supported intended parents through webinars, seminars, conferences, and customised support for nearly ten years.

Founded by intended parents, our philosophy is to ensure intended parents understand their options and are financially and emotionally prepared for this process. We are a research -oriented organisation and we partner with academics to design and complete research to inform policy and practice.

We have assisted over 3000 singles and couples to build family since we commenced. Over 200 parents, surrogates and donors have shared their stories at our events in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Hong Kong.

Our Difference

We focus on parents, surrogates and children’s own experiences & stories. We cover not just US options, but independent surrogacy and affordable international surrogacy.

Sam Everingham Global Director

Sam is the founder of Growing Families, previously known as Families Through Surrogacy. He and his partner have two girls born via international surrogacy in 2011. Sam has been involved in family formation journeys for over eight years. He established the not-for-profit organisation Surrogacy Australia in 2010, which quickly became Australia’s go-to resource for media, government and intended parents.  Sam maintains diverse global networks with surrogacy researchers, families, agencies, donor banks and reproductive specialists. He is a regular media commentator and has co-authored a number of articles on surrogacy utilisation and attitudes in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Bionews and the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.


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Our Mission

Growing Families is a consumer-based non-profit organisation focused on facilitating family building amongst intended parents requiring gamete donation or surrogacy globally. We do this through education and support in relation to options, associated costs, risks, logistics, ethical and psychological considerations.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a global community of well-informed consumers and professionals who understand the fundamental cultural, ethical and medical considerations in relation to third-party reproduction. We aim to bring together surrogates, donors, intended parents, families and professionals to share their stories and stay informed about best practice in these family-building arrangements.


Why Consumer Conferences?

Surrogacy is becoming a vital means of family formation for many infertile and gay singles and couples. However, it is easy to get confused by the options available, burned by hidden costs, and have your hopes dashed by unscrupulous operators.

Surrogacy laws and regulations at a state and national level are in constant flux. Intended parents have a need for reliable information, advice and connections on a journey that will have far-reaching consequences.

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Got Questions?Contact Us

Email us at info@growingfamilies.org