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When...
3rd of May, 2015 - 9:00 - 18:00.
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Where...
Bip, House of the Capital Region
entrance Place Royale 11, 1000 Brussels
+32-2 563 63 99
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Registration...
NOTE: registration is now closed. Last minute registration may be possible on Sunday, space permitting.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place (OFFER EXPIRED)
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The 2015 Brussels conference on:

Parenting options for European gay men

Our Brussels conference attracted more than 200 prospective gay fathers from 10 countries, and garnered intense media attention. The conference brought together community activists, medical and legal experts, parents and surrogate mothers. Several workshops and panels offered peer advice on surrogacy and adoption of children from the USA, finding and picking professionals to help in the process, and information about MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). Attended also benefited from the opportunity to meet more than twenty clinics, agencies and community organizations at the packed resource fair. The large attendance was accommodated by adding an overflow room where dozens of attendees watched the presentations via live video feed. The conference also served to raise awareness of limited domestic parenting options for European gay men, amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation. Sponsorship proceeds benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.
  • View clips from the entire program in English or French.
  • See excerpts and video clips from the intense media coverage of the conference
  • See below for the original event program
Unbiased information & resources on surrogacy and adoption
Comprehensive "how-to" parenting program
Advise from surrogates and gay surrogacy parents
20+ Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Reception and networking for parents. prospects and allies
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
24 breakout sessions to meet clinics and agencies
Coordinate consultations with clinics and agencies

On the 3rd of May, 2015, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to gay men who want to have children is finally arriving to the heart of Europe!


Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 2000 couples and singles worldwide, including 500 in Europe, the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to helping gay men become parents. The organization offers financial support and conferences in New York, San Francisco, Barcelona and Tel Aviv. Now, in collaboration with several LGBT organizations and activists in the region, we proudly bring this unique program to BeNeLux.

The Brussels conference will provide a wealth of unbiased information and access a wide range of relevant service providers. It will bring together under one roof community activists, experts, parents and surrogates who will share their experiences with special focus on both surrogacy and adoption of children from the USA. Attendees will benefit from peer advice on planning their parenting journey and picking providers, expert and personal stories panels, information about financial assistance, and the opportunity to meet more than than twenty clinics, agencies and community organizations. Sponsorship proceeds will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and will be earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.

Agenda for Sunday, May 3 (at BIP, 11 rue Royale):
  • 9:00 - 9:30: Registration
  • 09:30-10:00: Overview of surrogacy and adoption options in the USA
  • 10:00-11:00: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations.
  • 11:00-11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15-12:00: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and French, Dutch and Belgian parents.
  • 12:00-13:00: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP).
  • 13:00-14:00: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair (tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
  • 14:00-15:00: Country-specific expert panels: Legal, medical and peer advice on surrogacy for France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe (UK, Spain, Germany).
  • 15:00-17:00: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 17:00-18:00: Resource fair & networking reception.

Optional pre-conference activities
- Saturday, May 2 (at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place) - free admission:


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16:00- 17:30: Symposium / Round table discussion: Legal and societal challenges for gay fatherhood across Europe, and the road ahead. Panelists will include legal experts, sociologists, and community activists from the several European countries.

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17:30-19:00: Welcome reception and International Family Equality Day celebration - for current and future gay parents, community activists and attendees of the Sunday conference.

Bring your children! Special activities for children, including a clown, balloons, and face painting.

We will also be screening the film "Talking with Surrogates" (Paroles de femmes porteuses) by Delphone Lance.

Additional information:
  • Conference attendees are eligible for 25-40% discount on accommodations at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place.
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    Attendees can also book private consultations for Saturday or Monday with the clinics and agencies who will be in Brussels for the conference (also at the Hilton).
  • Brussels Pride Festival is opening April 30 and will continue throughout the weekend.
Note: while the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.

Adoption Agencies

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Supportive Community & Media Organizations

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