MHB's 6th annual Tel Aviv Surrogacy conference is offered in cooperation with the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers
The conference is structured to offer opportunities for the attendees to learn about a select group of surrogacy providers directly and through several expert panels (see agenda below). The net proceeds from sponsorship revenues will benefit the AIGF and our joint Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
The monthly parenting workshops for prospective gay Israeli parents has been taking place in Tel Aviv since December 2017. MHB's board member, Asaf Rosenheim, has taken the lead in organizing these workshops based on the NY model, and the response has been overwhelming, attracting a crowd of 80 people on average (see photos below).
As a result of these meetings, a very large and engaged group has been formed. In addition to the Association's Facebook page and mailing list of 700, there is an active WhatsApp group of about 100 people.
While these workshops have been covering many of the subjects typically addressed in our conferences, the participants are clearly also interested in meeting service providers (which have been excluded form the monthly workshops).
Men Having Babies has contracted a very highly recommended production company to organize the conference, and secured a beautiful, spacious and very well positioned venue for the conference: East Tel-Aviv (see some photos below!).
Conference sponsors include CReATe Fertility Centre (Platinum); Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, ORM, Be Abba / Diamond Institute, Our Fairy Godmother / Stork Surrogacy International (Gold); ART Parenting, American Fertility Services (Silver); All Families Surrogacy, Fertility Law Canada, Victoria Gelfand Law Office (Bronze).
The conference printed program book will feature the participating providers alongside additional USA and Canada providers who were unable to attend.
Conference agenda - Friday, Dec 7, 2018
8:00am - 8:30am Registration + Morning snacks
8:30am - 9:30am Comparative Panel: Legal, bureaucratic, financial and ethical aspects of surrogacy in USA and Canada
9:30am - 9:35am (short break)
9:35am - 10:45am Medical Expert Panel (and Platinum intro remarks)
10:45am - 10:50am (short break)
10:50am - 12:30pm Personal stories panel (and Gold intro remarks)
12:30pm - 1:15pm Gay Parenting Expo - USA / Canadian service providers / Light lunch sponsored by CReATe Fertility
1:15pm - 2:20pm Establishing parentage rights and citizenship status upon returning to Israel following surrogacy abroad (and Silver / Bronze introductory remarks)
2:20pm - 2:30pm (short break)
2:30pm - 3:15pm Budgeting & health insurance + GPAP
3:15pm - 3:45pm Expo / reception / Wine and refreshments
3:45pm - 4:00pm Conference conclusion / Reception with GPAP recipients