Category Archives: Planning

Welcome to the We Are Family magazine library, Planning section.

Planning is for anyone thinking about starting an ‘alternative’ family, whether it’s still just a thought, an idea to consider, or your decision has been made and it’s time to explore your options and take positive steps forward – this section is for you.

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Making babies via surrogacy despite the odds

The worldwide battle against the pandemic has the international surrogacy landscape fraught with complications. Travel restrictions have left couples unable to reach their own embryos and put a stop to ‘fly-in donors’, while health concerns have led to a shortage of surrogates globally. However the demand for family-building options continues. The pandemic has led to…
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The joys of fostering from an LGBT couple

Could you give a home to a vulnerable child when they need it most? Fostering a child can provide them with a safe, secure place to live for a few weeks, months or even years. It can help them to get through a really difficult time. Children’s charity Barnardo’s is calling on individuals and families…
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The right stuff – weathering the highs and lows of family building

Gay dad Sam Everingham is a leading expert and advisor on international surrogacy. In preparation for the upcoming Growing Families seminars aimed at intended parents in the UK and Ireland, he explores the lay of the land now were in a worldwide pandemic "For gay couples and singles desiring family, surrogacy is becoming increasingly common.…
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Get informed at the Growing Families surrogacy conferences

Ahead of Growing Families March 2020 UK/EU information day on family building options, global family-building expert Sam Everingham sheds some light on these events and why they remain so popular How long has Growing Families been running surrogacy education for Europeans? Since 2014, though until last year we ran our events under the Families Through…
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The good father – lessons in co-parenting

As a gay dad via surrogacy, writer, public health professional and the founder of not-for-profit organisation Growing Families, Sam Everingham is an expert in international surrogacy. He travels the globe educating people on the constantly changing world of family building via surrogacy. He meets many people from the LGBT community who have had families, and…
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LGBT Family and Foster Care

Capstone Foster Care have been building brighter futures for the children and young people in their care for the last 10 years. Capstone are a founder-owned, independent fostering agency with 15 local teams ready and available to support their foster families across England. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and have ever wondered,…
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Queer Journeys to Parenthood

Growing Families (formerly Families Through Surrogacy) are a not-for-profit organisation who work globally to promote safe and informed family building through surrogacy. They ran their first UK seminar back in 2014 and quickly gained momentum. Since then they have hosted 14 events in the UK and Ireland and many more abroad. The key to the…
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Premium fertility treatment for the LGBT community

Dr Malini Uppal explains how City-Fertility provide excellent bespoke fertility treatment to LGBT couples and singles Dr Malini has gained vast experience in the field of reproductive medicine during her training and work at several centres of excellence. She completed her postgraduate diploma in prenatal genetics and foetal medicine with distinction at the University College…
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Decent people and good eggs is a recipe for children

We hear from Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy on the important roles in surrogacy journeys "The key players in surrogacy arrangements are not in fact the doctors, embryologists and fertility lawyers you are paying. They are the surrogates, egg donors, intended parents and their support networks. So it is surprising that few surrogacy events…
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Gay dads top 7 tips for surrogacy

Sam Everingham, a gay dad via surrogacy, now spends most of his time educating intending parents about the ever-changing surrogacy options for family building "I became involved in surrogacy education over eight years ago when my partner and I experienced the heartache of a premature twin birth than resulted in Zac’s still-birth. Ben survived only…
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