gfTracy Horan of Tracy Horan & Co. Solicitors along with Poonam Jain will be presenting a talk on the “Immigration requirements following offshore surrogacy” as part of the Growing Families Conference on the 22nd of March 2020. It runs from 1.40pm to 2.00pm and will, among other things, give an overview of the essential documentation for those returning to Ireland following offshore surrogacy.

Why not pop along? The conference will be held in the Maldron Hotel, 98 Pearse St, Dublin. Please see below for the full the conference schedule.

Timing Description

International  and domestic Surrogacy in Ireland – what you need to know

Ireland’s leading surrogacy law firm shares their advice, experience and guidance surrounding surrogacy in Ireland, Ukraine, Greece, USA and Canada. This session aims to ensure your surrogacy journey is as safe as possible from choosing the clinic, throughout the pregnancy, after birth and bringing your baby home. Includes information about Irish fathers court application. Provides an update on the status of Ireland’s Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017.

Annette Hickey, Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan, Ireland


IVF Considerations in Surrogacy & Egg Donation

Understanding how you can enhance success rates through testing and good decision-making can save you tens of thousands. looks at what factors predict success, which you can and cant control, the pros and cons of PGS testing embryos

Jenny Cloherty, Lab Director, Galway Fertility Clinic


Coming To Terms with Infertility

For infertile women, it is vital that you address the grief and emotional ‘baggage’ associated with failed IVF and/or use of donor eggs or sperm, before you embark on this journey. This session provides some useful tools and resources to assist this process, and give you the strength to move forward.

Roisin Venables, Specialist Fertility Counsellor

Surrogacy Options For Gay Singles and Couples

Provides an objective look at the pros and cons of surrogacy programs currently being offered for gay singles and couples in the US, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Cyprus, Mexico, Philippines and Czech Republic, the differences in legal protection, birth certificates, surrogate screening, exit processes and medical services.



Clinics or Agencies: What’s Best For You:

Your relationship with your donor and surrogate in Ukraine can be different than in other countries, some due to laws, often due to language and cultural barriers and vary within the country.  Clinics and agencies in Ukraine have different legal rights and regulation. Understand the difference and advantages and disadvantages of working with clinics directly and the differing types of agencies. Also provides information on Surrogate & Donor Screening & contact

Susan Kibler, Delivering Dreams

Sam Everingham, Growing Families


Guarantee Programs for Surrogacy & Egg Donation

The pros and cons for ‘guarantee’ and ‘money-back’ programs. What do they guarantee? Can they be combined with a program which uses your own embryos first? How cost effective are they?

Olga Pysana, World Center of Baby, Ukraine

Cross border and multi country surrogacy programs

A long-time industry professional provides his views on the practicalities of surrogacy and donor programs in destinations as diverse as Georgia, Kenya, Mexico, & India

Saarthak Bakshi, International Fertility Center, India


Risks and how to manage them

Wherever you engage in surrogacy, there are risks of low numbers of eggs retrieved, poor embryo quality, failed transfers, early or late miscarriage, preterm delivery and birth complications. Understanding these risks and how they can be minimised and overcome is essential.

Nadiia Meleneska, IVMed,


Lunch & Networking with parents and experts


Immigration requirements following offshore surrogacy

Provides essential guidance on documentation for those returning to Ireland following offshore surrogacy

Tracy Horan & Poonam Jain

Step Parent Guardianship & Step Parent Adoption

There are currently scores if not hundreds of Irish mums without legal status post surrogacy.  This session reviews whether step adoption an option currently for Irish intending mothers? Who are the stakeholders and what’s the process ? How much does it cost ? What are the timelines and benefit of obtaining full parental rights as opposed to guardianship ?

Fiona Duffy, PF O’Reilly solicitors, Ireland


Parent Panel

Heterosexual and gay parents via surrogacy and/or egg donation discuss the details of their journeys in Ireland, US, Cyprus and Ukraine, what the most difficult parts were, disclosure to family and friends, how they overcome hurdles and how they chose particular providers to work with. Includes audience Q&A.

Moderator: Sam Everingham
Panelists: Mark Davidson (gay dad via US), Joy Byrne (mum via Ukraine)  Maureen Osayi (mum via Ukraine) Gearoid Kenny (dad via UK/US)


Afternoon Tea & Networking


Surrogate Motivations & Expectations

Surrogates from Ireland and Ukraine discuss what drives them to assist others and what expectations they have around relationships with their recipients

Becky Loftus Dore (Irish surrogate) Maryna Poliarush (Ukraine surrogate)


Time to Tell – Disclosure to Kids & Others

In this age of easily ordered DNA tests and social media, secrecy around genetic heritage is no longer possible, nor in the best interests of children. This session gives you the tools to help in explaining surrogacy to children and friends. It shows when is the best time to tell and how you might address common issues that can arise in the school, social and government environments.

Marian O’Tuama, Fertility Counsellor


Ongoing support for families

For many , socialising with other Irish families with similar birth journeys is an important and rewarding aspect, not just for the parents but for the children that result. Groups available for domestic  surrogacy and for adoption, and indeed support for parents who engaged internationally in surrogacy, are a very important asset for families . This session launches Growing Families UK & Ireland Support Network and illustrates how you can connect with other families in your country and region.

Maureen Osayi