2015 Show Information

2015 Alternative Parenting Show

2015 Show Programme

For each show we produce a programme which contains articles, information and also adverts from some of our exhibitors. It also details the various parts of the shows from seminars to networking and a message from our ambassador.

Find out more below about who was at the 2015 Alternative Parenting Show:

2015 Alternative Parenting Show Partners

London Women’s Clinic | Headline Sponsor

London Women's Clinic logoThe LWC provides IVF and fertility treatments to help couples and individuals overcome their difficulties with conception and pregnancy. We have been treating lesbian couples and single women for over a decade with more than 3000 women attending our clinics across the UK for treatment with donor sperm.

Website: www.londonwomensclinic.com | Twitter: LWCFertility | Facebook: TheLondonWomensClinic

Dawson Cornwell | Legal Partner

This user friendly divorce and family law firm has a team of lawyers who are widely acknowledged as experts in the legal issues surrounding the creation of families by alternative means.  They advise and represent couples and single parents, in the UK and internationally. Their knowledge and experience cover all areas of law arising from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 including international and domestic surrogacy, donor conception, LGBT parenting and co-parenting as well as domestic and international adoption.

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas | Surrogacy Partner

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas was founded in 1988 by Dr. Bruce Shapiro, and together with Dr. Said Daneshmand has since become a leading fertility center providing patients with unparalleled individualized care and consistently exceptional pregnancy rates. As a is a global leader in safety standards and live birth success rates we work tirelessly to improve the science of IVF for one important reason – to help people to become parents and have the family they so greatly desire. We offer complimentary concierge services and unique treatment packages with a live birth guarantee. Offices in Las Vegas & Henderson, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. | www.fertilitycentrelv.com

Fort Worth Fertility | Surrogacy Partner

Fort Worth Fertility has redefined fertility treatment since opening its doors in 2004. Founding physician, Dr. Robert A. Kaufmann, has created a legacy of excellence and a place where miracles begin. A leader in the field, Dr. Kaufmann has changed the landscape of reproductive medicine with his research contributions and academic leadership. Fort Worth Fertility pioneered single embryo transfers, ensuring safer pregnancies for both mothers and babies.  Dr. Kaufmann leads a recognized team of physicians, nurses, embryologists and support staff that provides patient centered care seven days a week to patients in Texas and around the world. | www.fwivf.com

TACT | Fostering & Adoption Partner

TACT is the largest fostering and adoption charity in the UK. We reinvest our income to meet the needs of children and young people in care.
To help provide a loving family for vulnerable children in your local area please contact us for expert guidance and support on 0808 250 8680.

2015 Alternative Parenting Show Exhibitors

The London Egg Bank

The London Egg Bank was opened in 2013 by the team behind the London Women’s Clinic and London Sperm Bank to encourage egg donation in the UK.

Demand for donor eggs in the UK still outstrips supply and the London Egg Bank aims to increase the number of women coming forward as egg donors.



Barcelona IVF

BarcelonaIVF is a vocational project that was founded by a group of professionals in 2010, feeling the need to recuperate a traditional and personalized medicine without sacrificing any modern technological advances that have appeared in the field of reproduction.

Action for Children

Action for Children’s Mosaic adoption service is an exciting and innovative adoption service that was developed in 2003 in response to the growing number of Black, minority ethnic and mixed parentage babies and children (BME) waiting to be adopted in the care system. Contact 020 7582 3687 for more details

Clinic AVA Peter

Our clinic has been successfully treating women up to the age of 51 since 1996. Our renowned Embryo adoption, egg donation and PGS programmes ensure that we meet all patients’ personal and individual needs. We are also very proud to offer our patients the only detailed egg donor database with donor photos in Europe.




Dedicated to licensing and monitoring UK fertility clinics and providing impartial and authoritative information to people considering or going through treatment or donating.


Luton Borough Council

Luton Borough Council believes every child deserves to grow up within a loving family. We need to find nurturing permanent homes for children of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and religions as well as sibling groups. Our adopters come from all walks of life including from the LGBT community and we welcome more applications from this group. Our team of qualified and experienced staff will support you every step of the way through the adoption process and beyond. Help change a Luton’s child life. | www.luton.gov.uk/adoption

London Sperm Donors Network

The LSB is the UK’s premier sperm bank providing donor sperm without a wait.

Our online donor catalogue enables women to choose donors from a variety of backgrounds.



Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy is one of the oldest full service surrogate parenting agencies in the United States. Founded by John Weltman in 1995, Circle has helped parents from 70+ countries and 6 continents. Its surrogacy and egg donation programs have helped bring more than 1,000 babies into the world. Circle’s dedicated staff of professionals is made up of lawyers, social workers, parents through surrogacy, and former surrogates and egg donors. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the United States, as well as a large selection of egg donors, carefully screened surrogates and a variety of flexible programs and financial options. Circle offers free comprehensive consultations and informational seminars to interested couples and singles via Skype, in-person either at their office or one of the many destinations they travel around the world.  You can find their travel schedule by visiting their website. | www.circlesurrogacy.com

CT Fertility

Dr. Doyle is a leading expert in IVF, surrogacy, egg donation and egg freezing. For over 20 years he has created 5,000+ babies, many of them for European LGBT couples.

He is recognized worldwide as a leader in same-sex parenting, and serves as the medical advisor on Family Equality Council’s website.  | www.ctfertility.com

European Sperm Bank

European Sperm Bank provides patients with donor choices.

They select donors very carefully and use industry-leading donor screening procedures strictly in line with EU regulations.


The Bridge Centre

Founded in 1986, the Bridge Centre is one of the UK’s first fertility clinics specialising in natural cycle IVF, egg donation and PGD/PGS. We are a welcoming and friendly centre with a highly experienced team dedicated to achieving the best results for our patients.



First4Adoption is the national adoption information service for anyone interested in adopting a child in England. If you have a question about whether you could apply to be an adoptive parent, or if you want to know where to begin the adoption process, call our friendly trained advisors on 0300 222 0022 and they will be able to give you the information that you need. We can also put you in touch with Local Authority and Voluntary adoption agencies in your area. First4Adoption is run by the charities Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Coram and Adoption UK. We are funded and supported by the Department for Education. | www.first4adoption.org.uk

The Agora

The Agora Gynaecology & Fertility Centre in Hove is a state of the art clinic offering individualised expert fertility, early pregnancy and female health care within a unique caring and supportive environment. Latest HFEA published figures show the Agora to have the highest live birth rates in all age categories (2009) and highest clinical pregnancy rates (2010) of all the fertility clinics in the South East with results comparable to some to the top IVF units in London. We are able to offer a full range of fertility services including: Ovulation induction for women carrying out self-insemination at home, Donor sperm insemination (DI) IVF using donor spermEgg donation between partners. | www.agoraclinic.co.uk

Surrogacy Management

At Surrogacy Management, we provide a tailor-made service offering guidance and management through the surrogacy process. The founder, Dr. Neven Wassall, is based in London and can take you through each stage of your surrogacy journey, one step at a time. We take great pride in ensuring that you receive the most professional and discreet service. At Surrogacy Management, we only work with very carefully selected experts located in California, with many years of experience. We are not tied to any single provider, which enables us to be completely impartial and gives us access to a wider choice of egg donors, surrogates and clinics. | www.surrogacymanagement.com


We’re here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone. We believe we’re stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain – in some of our greatest institutions – so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves. But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are. | www.stonewall.org.uk

Cryos International

At Cryos we take great pride in not only being the world’s largest sperm bank, but also in having the largest selection of donors, free-of-charge access to our expansive online donor search, as well as not charging a pregnancy slot fee. With more than 25 years of experience, we have grown to have a donor selection of more than 400 Anonymous & Non-Anonymous donors, who either have basic or extended profiles for you to browse. Furthermore, we boast the highest number of registered pregnancies in the world, giving you the peace of mind when it comes to selecting the perfect donor for you and your family. | http://dk.cryosinternational.com

Swiis Foster Care

Swiis Foster Care is one of the largest and most reputed foster care providers in the UK with 13 facilities providing foster care services across every region.

We are an established, experienced foster care service led by highly qualified professionals whose absolute ambition is to improve the lives of looked after children and young people. | www.swiis.co.uk

Fertility Road

FERTILITY ROAD is Europe’s leading and most successful Fertility magazine. Launched in 2010 to break down the misinformation of science around fertility and pregnancy, engaging and empowering readers with brilliant and inspiring features, interviews and recommendation. It aims to provide an A to Z resource to people struggling with infertility and provide information on other options like Adoption, Fostering and Surrogacy and is hailed as the most comprehensive and informative fertility magazine in the global market. | www.fertilityroad.com


Covent Garden Family Law

Covent Garden Family Law is a niche family practice in the heart of Covent Garden that specialises in all aspects of family law, with particular expertise in advising individuals and same sex couples in family creations, surrogacy and parental rights etc. We are ranked in the Legal 500 and take a modern, collaborative approach to working with you. | www.cgfamilylaw.co.uk

Fertility SOURCE Companies

Fertility SOURCE Companies’ (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE) mission is to provide individuals who are unable to conceive with the assistance they need to become parents, with the highest degree of compassion, support and guidance, including matching them with an egg donor, surrogate or both.

Fertility SOURCE Companies is proud to serve our LGBT community. As the world of assisted reproduction continues to advance, LGBT families have the distinct opportunity to pave the way our new biosocial families will look like – families empowered by choice that refuse to be limited by conception challenges or biological origin | www.fertilitysourcecompanies.com

We Are Family Magazine

We Are Family magazine is a community resource and platform for social change. We represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in a family context through positive representation, advice, support, activism and signposting.

We Are Family magazine is an independent publication. It is the brainchild of Hannah Latham, a freelance journalist and lesbian mum.


Simple Surrogacy

Simple Surrogacy is a full-service agency founded in 2002 to provide our clients with the highest standard of surrogacy management at an affordable price.

We are one of the largest agencies in the U.S., and are highly regarded in the surrogacy community for our expertise, support and professionalism. | www.simplesurrogacy.com


Ugly Duck Books

Ugly Duck Books is a company owned by Jesse and Kat. They have published My Amazing Family and Me. A record book for every family, no matter what type. The record book does not specify the age of a child nor the gender and status of the grown-ups in their lives. My Amazing Family and Me is designed as an open record book where everyone can enjoy the fun of documenting a child’s personality, habits, characteristics and life, in whatever family and circumstances they find themselves. | www.uglyduckbooks.co.uk


Coram Chambers

Coram Chambers is one of the foremost family law chambers in the United Kingdom. Our members offer specialist expertise in all areas of family law, and have acted in many of the most ground-breaking cases in the past decade. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, we work hard to meet the needs of modern families. | www.coramchambers.co.uk

42 Bedford Row

The family team at 42 Bedford Row is a dedicated set of barristers specializing in all aspects of family law including fertility, surrogacy, adoption, civil partnerships and children’s law. We accept instructions on a direct public access basis in suitable cases. We are proud that the group includes some of the most prominent members of the LGBT legal community so you can be confident that our family team is your family team and that we understand the particular issues faced by alternative families. | www.42br.com

Fertility Solutions International

Fertility Solutions International is a global leader in providing high quality, affordable fertility solutions: IVF, egg donation, and surrogacy services in partnership with top certified global Fertility Clinics. | www.fertilitysolutionsinternational.com

Lighthouse Fostering

Lighthouse fostering is unique having been founded by Foster Carers and adults who experienced the care system. We don’t  have types of people or an image of the “perfect” Carer. Our carers are as individual as the children we care for and come from all walks of life.

Come & find out more from Kate & her wife about the rewards of being a foster family. | www.lighthousefostering.co.uk


Our fertility specialists can offer expert and individual advice to support you in building your alternative family whether you are a single sex couple, single parent, fertility patient, or using donor conception.

We provide expert, bespoke and cutting edge legal assistance to people across the country and around the world. | www.biscoes-law.co.uk

Silver Linings

Silver Linings is an Egg Donor and Gestational Surrogate Agency. It is our pleasure to work with clients from across the globe as they strive to start their family or add to it.  After working in the industry since 2003, as well as being fertility patients, we are intimately familiar with the challenges facing clients on this journey. We use this experience to guide our clients toward a positive, successful outcome. Silver Linings Agency was created to change the face of egg donor and gestational surrogate agencies. It is an opportunity to return to the focus of why each of us entered this industry – to help people create or add to their family. It is our goal to make the client the focus and create programs and do what we need to do to help our clients get to the goal. We are committed to our clients and are in it for the duration, whatever we need to do. | www.silverliningsagency.com

Heath Farm Children’s Services

Heath Farm, part of the Acorn Care and Education Group, was established in 1993 as an inde-pendent childcare organisation; it is a private limited company. Heath Farm aims to provide children and young people with the care, support and encouragement that they need in order for them to develop their real potential.

We achieve this by providing safety and stability for children in family placements that closely match their individual needs and provides them with the opportunity to form secure attachments. We work to improve the life chances of all our children through high quality care, education, health services, leisure and other opportunities for personal growth and development. | http://www.myfostercareer.org

New Family Social

New Family Social is the UK network for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families. Whether you are still deciding how to form your family, are on the way to being a parent, or are busy getting on with family life, you can find others near you in the same situation to share your journey. As the only UK charity led by LGBT adopters and foster carers we also work with agencies to help with service delivery, and to widen the pool of new parents for the many children who are waiting. | www.newfamilysocial.org.uk

Donor Conception Network

The Donor Conception Network is a peer-led charity supporting any couple/individual who needs eggs, sperm or embryos from a third party for family creation. Parent led but child focused, we promote openness with children and others as the best basis for secure family relationships. We are not an introduction agency. | www.dcnetwork.org


Our vision is to deliver qualitative services to build and strengthen an increasing number of children and families. This vision shapes everything that we do, and is reflected in our hallmarks of Quality, Expertise and Innovation.

We have achieved leadership in the voluntary adoption sector, both in quality, endorsed by an Outstanding Ofsted judgement, and also quantity, by growing the number of adoptive families and loving homes for children. | www.pactcharity.org

Pride Angel

Donate spermor eggs and help single, lesbian and infertile couples achieve their dream of becoming parents. Gay, lesbian, single looking to co-parent? We are dedicated to connecting sperm donors, egg donors and co-parents worldwide. Our unique website allows you to create your own profile, search members and communicate safely using our on-site mail. Find your parenting match with pride! | www.prideangel.com