ABOUT THE EVENT
The world of parenting is constantly changing, with an ever-increasing number of people choosing to become parents in an ever-expanding variety of ways. With modern medicine men and women can now create a baby by means other than the traditional man meets woman, has sex and a baby is born. With society now becoming less judgemental, we are finding new ways to create and grow our families.
For instance, Co-parenting is of consideration for single men and woman who have not yet found the right partner, especially if they find that their biological clock is ticking.
In addition, same-sex couples may opt for co-parenting, if they wish for both biological parents to be involved in the parenting. For example, a gay couple may share parenting with a single woman, giving the child extra financial and practical parenting support. Or a lesbian couple may wish for the biological dad to play an active role in bringing up the child. There are many different ways that a co-parenting situation may work.
The Co-parenting network has been set up in partnership with Pride Angel and F2F Events Ltd to provide the perfect live event for people to come and meet, learn and discover new ways in which they can create their families.
The internet provides a great base for information and digital social interaction, but also provides a huge amount of misinformation and an element of uncertainty and risk.
If you are thinking about starting one of the most important, if not the most important journey in your life, creating a family. Then there is no better or safer way to learn, discover and meet potential parenting partners than face to face.
Built around the fabric of learning the benefits and pitfalls of Co-Parenting the Co-Parenting network is an event to help you make the right decision for you. With the huge additional benefit of meeting people who have experience in parenting this way, and meeting like-minded people who are looking to understand and potentially be Co-Parents themselves, so you may even meet your future family partner?
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
The line-up of speakers will include some of the world’s experts in co-parenting. They will provide an in-depth and comprehensive overview on co-parenting covering everything you need to know. Topics covered will include: Legal, financial, medical, health, psychological, case study experiences by our panel of experts and peers.
To become a sponsor contact David McAllister at F2F Events on:
phone: 01442 289920
Natalie Gamble is a solicitor who co-owns and runs leading specialist family law firm NGA Law. She and her team have worked with hundreds of families and been involved in numerous leading cases which have helped shape UK law on known donation and co-parenting.
Natalie has also been at the forefront of UK legal change over the past ten years. A same-sex parent herself, she was influential in shaping the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which enabled same-sex parents to be recorded on their children’s birth certificates. She has been quoted as an expert on alternative family issues in the Houses of Parliament and named in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK. Her cases often make front page news and Natalie is a well-known commentator on the BBC Today Programme and Woman’s Hour. In 2013 she launched the UK’s first professional surrogacy agency Brilliant Beginnings which, on a non-profit basis, is supporting families and campaigning for a better framework for UK surrogacy.
Scientist and co-founder of Proud Angel, a leading co-parenting website wich matches co-parents and donors within the UK and globally. Having personal experience of trying to create her familiy over a four year period, Erika and her partner are now delighted to have a 6 month baby daughter conceived with the help of a known donor through Pride Angel. Erika believes there are many advantages of co-parenting and known donor families, however understands the importance of getting the right advice regarding health screening, legal advice along with being emotionally prepared and communicating effectively with any potential donor or co-parent.
Heather Leeson is an experienced Nutritional Therapist and runs Glenville Nutrition clinics and courses throughout Ireland. Heather specialises in nutritional support for male and female fertility and with her team works closely with individuals, IVF clinics and other fertility experts. She believes in providing evidence-based, practical support to enable people to make long term positive changes to their diet and health. In addition to her clinical work, she is also the Nutritionist for a national weekend TV show in Ireland and regularly contributes in local and International media.
Manchester University Sociology – Recent decades have seen a move towards greater openness and flexibility in the practice of donor conception, with identity-release, known donation and co-parenting arrangements increasingly common. In such arrangements, ‘biological parents’ may adopt a range or roles in relation to their offspring: from uninvolved donor at one end of the spectrum, through to primary carer at the other. If conception occurs through a fertility clinic then consent forms will be signed to confirm the legal rights and responsibilities of all involved. Alternatively, or in addition, recipients and donors/co-parents may draw up formal or informal contracts outlining the rights and responsibilities of all parties
Tickets available in Spring 2019
Where and When
Date TBC July 2019
Millennium Gloucester, Kensington, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH