Last night I received the latest newsletter from Surrogacy Australia - this is www.surrogacyaustralia.org - the voluntary organisation that represents the surrogacy community in Australia, be it international commercial surrogacy, or altruistic surrogacy in Australia. Don't confuse Surrogacy Australia, the voluntary organisation, with
Surrogacy Australia - www.surrogacyaustralia.com.au - an agency operated by an Australian - Matthew Sielicki - who had his kids through surrogacy in India. Mr Sielicki happened to grab onto the name Surrogacy Australia, and register the URL www.surrogacyaustralia.com.au as his business name.
Bring in www.surrogacyaustralia.com - this URL has been owned and operated by a US company Extraordinary Conceptions, for many years, well before the days of Surrogacy Australia, the organisation, or Surrogacy Australia, the agent who has apparently ripped people off. I think the voluntary organisation, Surrogacyaustralia.org could have checked this first, before making the post below.
Anyway, here it is - including a horrendous story from *Dean* ... his is not the only story out there. Shocking and disgusting and I note, no name of his agent. WHY ARE THESE DODGY AGENTS NOT BEING EXPOSED????
Following on from the dodginess of the Surrogacy Australia name ... you will find a story about some Australian dude called Cohen Tobias who set up a facebook page for people doing surrogacy in Thailand. He is an IP who had his babe through surrogacy in Thailand, and that is just wonderful. What is not so wonderful is that he then set up his facebook page and then apparently took a referral fee from anyone who was on the page as a member, from a doctor in Bangkok.
This has caused a lot of trouble in Australia with IPs super-pissed off, thinking they were getting free IP support help. What I don't understand is why IPs were -
1. So shocked this happened, this shit goes on all the time ... and ...
2. Why they give a crap if they paid the same amount to the clinic he promoted ( Dr Pisit at ALL IVF) and he got a kick back from the clinic??? How exactly was the client disadvantaged financially? If the referral fee was added to a clinic package then yes, and this was not told to the client, then yes, complain complain complain. If this guy got $1000 from the clinic for referring people, and it did not cost the Ip anything, then what is the problem? To get a financial benefit for running a facebook page is pretty shitty, it's not something I would personally do, but this guy clearly thinks his doctor is amazing, which he is, as I work with the same doctor ...
So now Surrogacy Australia is going to do something about this, this is not news, people have been talking about this for ages, but SA - YOUR organisation that represents YOU as a client of surrogacy, now, after the horse has bolted and the gate has been shut, is taking this on.