Families Through Surrogacy (FTS) is hosting its third Ireland conference for intended parents in Croke Park, Dublin on 11 March.
The conference has become so popular it has outgrown its original venue – the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.
Expert speakers are coming from as close as Galway and as far as the US, Ukraine, Australia, Kenya and Canada.
“Demand for surrogacy amongst Irish citizens who cannot carry a child themselves has continued to grow. With no legal recognition of domestic surrogacy in Ireland, nearly all to venture abroad to fulfil their dream of a family
“To complicate matters, there have been huge changes in surrogacy availability in recent years. Once Irish citizens had little option but US surrogacy, but Ireland’s government has approved the drafting of an Assisted Human Reproduction Bill which will for the first time make altruistic surrogacy legal in Ireland. However, the draft bill has so many restrictions that unless these are relaxed, it is more likely to deter the Irish from engaging domestically.
At least four gay dads will share their stories of surrogacy in Canada, the UK & the US, given parents own journeys a great way to gain peace-of-mind.
“Meanwhile in recent years gay Irish couples have engaged in Thailand, India, Nepal, Cambodia and more recently Mexico. But Asian countries have closed their doors to foreign surrogacy, leading to renewed interest in the US and a surge in interest in Canada. Kenya, Russia and even Nicaragua are starting to offer surrogacy to fill the void left when Asian nations closed. However, a raft of complexities remains, not least of which is choosing reliable providers in the absence of protective laws.”
The conference is aimed at the information and networking needs of prospective parents. The one-day event focuses on parent panels, as well as expert sessions on the medical, legal, logistics and psychological considerations of surrogacy in popular destinations such as US & Ukraine. Sessions also provide insights and discussion of surrogacy in Canada and Kenya.
Parent Led Masterclass
The events’ popularity lies in its honesty – putting parents and surrogates front and centre, sharing their real-life journeys. At least four gay dads will share their stories of surrogacy in Canada, the UK & the US, given parents own journeys a great way to gain peace-of-mind.
This year’s conference has a focus on best practice in Canadian & US surrogacy, with leading professionals exploring the complexities of surrogacy arrangements and how best to lay the legal and financial groundwork for successful journeys.
Sessions will address some of the tough questions about trust, logistics, sourcing donors and parental rights. Topics not to miss include the nuts and bolts of surrogacy processes; surrogacy options in Ireland and abroad, research on how gay Irish dads integrate their ‘gay’ and father’ identities; parent panels; and issues in choosing an egg donor.
Tickets from €35, prices include conference satchel, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and drinks
Visit Families Through Surrogacy website to find out more.
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