Please note: The 8th annual West Coast conference is replaced by a virtual program that will span two half days, May 15-16 (note the date change). Due to the virtual setting, this conference is now a great option for intended parents from across the United States to attend, as travel to San Francisco is not required for attendance.
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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

2021 West Coast Surrogacy Conference, May 15-16


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Registration
Speakers
Program
Consultations
Two half-day interactive virtual parenting program
Medical, psychological, legal and financial considerations
20+ Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
24 "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

MHB West goes Virtual using the advanced Remo platform, offering a comprehensive program and extensive networking opportunities!

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For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, the MHB educational conferences are a rare opportunity to get curated information, expert advice and access to a wide range of relevant service providers — and from an unbiased non-profit organization.

Due to public health concerns we are offering this 2020 conference late, and in an elaborate virtual format utilizing the specialized REMO platform that allows for presentations, breakout sessions, expo “tables” and effective interaction. MHB has already used this REMO platform for several of our 2020 and 2021 programs, and received rave reviews from both attendees and exhibitors.

The virtual format should make participation even easier for gay men near and far, while providing as comprehensive program as ever, including:

  • How to evaluate various surrogacy destinations and options
  • The medical and legal aspects of surrogacy
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic affected surrogacy and IVF
  • Opportunities to meet 1:1 with gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers
  • Insurance & budgeting issues for U.S. and Canadian surrogacy
  • How to get your surrogacy journey started with online resources, member discounts, and financial assistance from MHB
On the Friday before the conference (May 14), we will once again host the Advocacy & Research Forum, to discuss the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.

Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and Our Family Coalition.


When
May 14-16, 2021.

Where
Everywhere! This event will take place via Remo Virtual Events technology.

Registration
$20 per "seat" (single computer access). Discounts available to members of MHB.

Note: the REMO platform has limited capacity so we strongly encourage early registration, as we may be sold out.
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Who
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.

GPAP Eligibility
Attendance in this event will satisfy the conferences requirement for GPAP Stage II application eligibility.

Consultations
Attendees can also book online private consultations with the clinics and agencies.
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Agenda in brief

(Pacific Time Zone)

Friday, May 14:
  • 4:00 - 5:30pm: The West Coast Advocacy and Research Forum - Surrogate: Stigma and Stereotypes. A look at the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm: (Virtual) Networking Reception! Meet the Forum's presenters, dozens of surrogacy professionals, community activists, and prospective parents.


Saturday, May 15:

  • 9:00 - 10:20am: Overview of surrogacy for gay men: terminology, timeline, professional services, and suggestions for a smooth journey.
  • 10:20 - 11:00am: Legal panel: legal considerations for surrogacy in the USA and abroad.
  • 11:00 - 11:30am: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Expo
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (sponsored by HRC Fertility)


Sunday, May 16:

  • 9:00 - 9:55am: Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues for U.S. and Canadian surrogacy (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 9:55 - 10:10am: IVF and surrogacy coverage at workplaces or via health insurance (in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association)
  • 10:10am - 12:20pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 12:20 - 1:00pm: Expo
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: The Impact of COVID-19 on Surrogacy (short and long-term)

Optional session:

  • 1:45 - 2:10pm: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and the Membership Benefits Program (MBP)
  • 2:10 - 3:00pm: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and parents


Highlights from last year



About Our Family Coalition

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For over twenty years, Our Family Coalition has worked to advance equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy. Fortified by strong partnerships with our allies, and guided by community-based leadership, we seek to create an inclusive and just world where all LGBTQ families with children can see families like theirs reflected in the culture around them, and enjoy abundant opportunity to thrive as valued participants in our schools, institutions, and communities. We build community, increase understanding, and deepen social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


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