The 4th annual Families Through Surrogacy Conference is taking place in London

To help intended parents and potential surrogates navigate difficult journeys, Families Through Surrogacy is holding its fourth annual conference in London on 11 March 2016.

About the conference

The conference will bring together intended parents, surrogates and surrogacy experts from the UK, USA, Canada, Ukraine and Asia to understand how best to ensure that surrogacy is conducted safely and responsibly amidst this flux. Families Through Surrogacy is a consumer-based, non-profit organisation focused on bringing together surrogates, intended parents and families through surrogacy to network, share their stories and stay informed about best practice in surrogacy arrangements. It supports intended parents who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements.

The rise in UK citizens accessing surrogacy abroad, coupled with recent changes in many countries, underscores just how important this type of event is,” said Sam Everingham, parent of two girls born through surrogacy and Founder of Families Through Surrogacy. “As a non-profit, promoting best practice is our aim. So we’re delighted to be bringing experts and parents together in London to share their experiences with all those trying to create a family.”

These events importantly provide surrogates with the chance to tell their stories,” says Everingham. “The conference is a once-yearly chance to learn first hand about surrogacy, and about how to minimise the chance of things falling over.

“1 in 7 couples in the UK, approximately 3.5 million people, experience difficulties conceiving.  Events like this provide a valuable forum for those wanting to build a family through surrogacy”

said Louisa Ghevaert, leading UK surrogacy, fertility and family law expert.

“The law relating to surrogacy in the UK is outdated.  Reform is needed to remove legal uncertainty for intended parents and surrogate born children.  This together with the lack of international harmonisation of surrogacy law means intended parents need to ensure they fully understand the legal issues and pitfalls before they begin their journey to parenthood.”

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