Family Q partners with MHB, offers a support group, workshops and free family therapy for our members
We encourage members of our network to take advantage of services offered by Family Q, a ground-breaking NY program of the Institute of Human Identity (ihi). Among these services are support groups, workshops and family therapy for gay parents and prospective parents. Our members will be eligible for free follow-up counseling sessions if they either attend Family Q’s workshop or one of ours. (see details below). Read More...
online donations to our Financial Assistance fund using PayPal or credit cards. Your donations will go towards the important goal of helping several couples become parent in 2013! We already raised around $100,000, but hope to more than double that by the summer, when we award the first grants. Read More...
On Thursday, April 19, we held a special meeting in NY to discuss the future of our Men Having Babies network. The group of volunteers who participated agreed unanimously on the following agenda:
- We will start the process of incorporating as a nonprofit organization.
- We will raise funds through event and website sponsorships + raise funds directly.
- The funds will first serve to continue to develop our workshops, events and online resources.
- We will add advocacy to promote greater understanding and acceptance of surrogacy as one of the network’s goals.
- We will work towards establishing a fund to provide financial assistance to gay men who want to become surrogacy dads!
Surveys launched to gather reviews and feedback about surrogacy service providers, and for program improvements
We have exciting news! After more than 7 years of sharing our experiences in meeting, we decided to start the first ever systematic feedback gathering on surrogacy service providers and the needs of surrogacy prospective parents, in order to help future parents make more informed decisions.Now after months of work and with input from volunteers and professionals, we are launching two surveys to start collecting this feedback from the network's members. One survey is for parents, the other is for prospective parents. And after receiving more than 100 surveys in the first week, we already started posting initial results about agencies and clinics in our directory. Read More...
Congratulations to our NY group members Eric and Asaf for the birth of their boy & girl twins on January 13, 2012! Oz & Amalia are doing great and the family hopes to be back in NY by the end of the month. Read More...
At the October NY Men Having Babies workshop we hosted a TV crew filming for the Portuguese “Frontline” documentary show. The show aired on November 30th, and indeed it includes a nice clip from our meeting. They show also includes a rare interview of 11 year old gestational surrogacy kids (children of Ron and Greg from our group) about their origin and family makeup. Read More...
On December 12th, 2009, the New York Times posted this video as part of a story on surrogacy called “Building a Baby, with Few Ground Rules” which presented a rather negative and one-sided perspective on surrogacy, particularly when states lack legal protections for those pursuing parenthood. At our December 2009 meeting we discussed the article, and some of the reactions to it. In addition, steps were reviewed that can be taken to minimize such negative events, which are by far the exception rather than the norm. In fact, The NY Times reporter who wrote the piece was a guest at our June 2009 meeting, but the positive stories she witnessed were not mentioned in the article. Instead, the Times posted the beautiful video on their website. Enjoy!