Please note: The 2020 Brussels conference has been rescheduled to November 7-8, 2020.

This change was done as part of the overall effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 2020 Brussels conference on
Parenting options for European gay men

November 7-8, 2020

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Twenty-four "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Panel on insurance and budgeting
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

On November 7-8, 2020, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels!

MHB is once again teaming up with several European partners to offer a comprehensive parenting conference in 2020. For the sixth year in a row, the Brussels Conference will provide unbiased advice on surrogacy in the USA and Canada, in-depth medical and budgeting advice, and an even wider range of relevant service providers than before.

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 11,000 future and current gay parents worldwide, the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to helping gay men become parents. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.
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November 7-8, 2020
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The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium
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The online early bird advance cost is €50 per person (instead of €70 starting October 7 and €85 at the door) and will include lunch and a reception.

We strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Hotel.
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The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German

Agenda in brief

Saturday, November 7:
  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-9:15: Overview of parenting options available to European gay men, including surrogacy and adoption options in the USA and Canada
  • 9:15-10:20: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations  
  • 10:20 - 10:50: Surrogacy outside the USA: Canada and other destinations
  • 10:50-11:10: Coffee Break 
  • 11:10-12:30: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair  - tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations. (sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center)
  • 13:30 - 14:30: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 14:30-16:30: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 16:30-17:30: Expo / coffee break (sponsored by Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists)
  • 16:30 - 18:30: Drop-in interactive video consultations with exhibitors
  • 18:30 - 19:30: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (Sponsored by Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles)
  • 19:30: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents (sponsored by California Fertility Partners).

Sunday, November 8:

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:45: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents (sponsored by HRC Rancho).
  • 10:45 - 12:00: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 12:00 - 12:15: Coffee Break
  • 12:15 - 12:45: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 12:45 - 13:45: Country-specific expert panels: Local and North American legal experts and peer advice on surrogacy for French, Belgians, the Dutch, Germans and prospective parents from the rest of Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc.)

Additional information…

  • Please note that the conference will be mostly in English, some in French, but we will have simultaneous interpretation to French, German and Dutch at all of the main sessions.
  • Conference attendees are eligible for a discount on accommodation at The Hotel.
  • Attendees can also book private consultations with the clinics and agencies who will be in Brussels for the conference.
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.





Supportive Community Organizations

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