About Growing Families

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.




What We Offer

  • End-to-end support in building family via surrogacy or egg donation
    • Professional, paid advice on
      • programs that are safe, reliable and meet your eligibility requirements
      • reliable IVF agencies, Egg donor providers, surrogate agencies and lawyers/attorneys
      • Recommendations to meet a range of budgets
  • Provider reviews
  • Parent referees
  • Surrogacy Contract Reviews
  • IVF Clinic liaison
  • Sperm & Embryo shipping
  • Travel support & exemptions during Covid-19
  • Citizenship & passports support
  • Concierge support
  • Webinars, seminars and conferences featuring parents & professionals 

Complete the confidential Enquiry form HERE so we can assist

We do not allow companies to give sales presentations at our events, given our focus is on education.

Growing Families provides all website information in good faith based on our best efforts to ensure its accuracy . However company details and country-specific laws can change, so be careful to check with your local authorities.

Funding Sources

Growing Families is funded via event sponsorship – paid by providers to be present at educational events); ticket sales – paid by attendees of educational events; consultancy services – paid by intended parents for customised advice and support; case-management fees – paid by providers  to support international intended parent journeys.

Provider Reviews

Growing Families invites parents to submit reviews of the service providers they have dealt with. These reviews are published without prejudice in order to provide intended parents with real-life appraisals of a large range of providers. If an individual is expressing an opinion of a provider, it must be overtly based on factual circumstances.  If not, we may need it to be re-submitted or removed.

Consultancy Service

Growing Families operates a professional consultancy arm globally to advise intended parents on ideal options for their circumstances. Information and advice is based on legal eligibility; client budget; published IVF success rates (where available & relevant); past client feedback; transparency of processes; familiarity; provider response times and levels of care shown to all parties. 

Management Fees

Growing Families’ support branch offers a case management service to assist with logistical, emotional and day-to-day support needs in regard to international cases.  Case management fees are billed direct to providers, are optional and if paid, are billed after an intended parent has made their first payment to a surrogacy provider. They do not apply to domestic surrogacy, IVF clinics or law firms.

How do we collect & manage information?

Growing Families obtains personal information when individuals subscribe to our website, newsletter or register to attend an event or book a consultation. Growing Families does not sell, trade or disclosure your personal information unless an individual provides consent. An individual can opt out of communication from Growing Families at any time by emailing us. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for further information.

Our Awesome Team

  • Olivia has been working with Growing Families for almost six years. She looks after marketing and sponsor partnerships globally and in this role liaises closely with IVF clinics, surrogacy agencies and law firms in Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Georgia, Russia and elsewhere. She lives in Sydney Australia and works Tuesdays – Thursdays inclusive.

    Olivia Santa - Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

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  • SAM EVERINGHAM - FTS Director & Surrogacy Expert

    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. He is also an Executive Officer at Surrogacy Australia. Sam maintains diverse global networks with surrogacy researchers, families, agencies, donor banks and reproductive specialists. He is a regular media commentator and has c0-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.

    Sam Everingham - Global Director

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  • Heather Eady

    Heather has an extensive background in customer service with a passion for developing partnerships and solutions. Working with Australian parents initial enquiries, with venues, suppliers, our IT partners and Mailchimp maintenance are some of Heather’s areas of expertise.  She also brings a wealth of knowledge in direct marketing and end-to-end campaign management. She works part-time but is available most days.

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    Heather Eady (AU) - Australian IP Support Manager

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    +61 414 331 987