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The 2019 Brussels conference on
Parenting options for European gay men


September 21-22, 2019



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When...
September 21-22, 2019
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Where...
The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium
+32-2-5041111
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Registration...
Admission for both days is €40 per person in advance 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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Translation
The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German
Exhibitors / sponsors
Platinum
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Gold
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Silver
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Bronze
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Unbiased information & resources on surrogacy and adoption
Comprehensive "how-to" parenting program
Advise from surrogates and gay surrogacy parents
Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Reception and networking for parents, prospects and allies
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
Breakout sessions to meet clinics and agencies

On September 21-22, 2019, 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 2019. The fifth annual Brussels Conference will once again provide unbiased advice on surrogacy in the USA and Canada, and adoption of children from the USA. This year we will offer in-depth medical and budgeting advice, and an even wider range of relevant service providers than before.

In addition to advice about parenting options outside Europe, we will also discuss the ethical surrogacy practices we promote, and the evolving positions of major European LGBT family groups about the subject.

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 7500 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.


Agenda in brief

(more details soon)

Saturday, September 21:
  • 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
  • 9:15-10:30: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations  
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break (sponsored by Simple Surrogacy)
  • 11:00-12:15: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents (sponsored by California Fertility Partners).
  • 12:15-13:45: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair (tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations). (sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center)
  • 13:45-14:45: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 14:45-15:15: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 15:15-15:30: break
  • 15:30-17:30: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 17:30-18:30: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 18:30: Expo and Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents (sponsored by California Fertility Partners).
Sunday, September 22:

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-10:00: 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.)
  • 10:00-10:15: Coffee Break
  • 10:15-11:45 Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (Sponsored by American Fertility Services)
  • 11:45-12:00: break
  • 12:00-13:15: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues (sponsored by ART Risk)


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 (coming soon).
  • 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).
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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Adoption Agencies

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