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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

2022 West Coast Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo, January 15-16

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
Dozens of 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

No need to put your dreams on hold anymore: MHB is returning with a responsible immersive format with everything you need to know and everyone you need to meet to start your parenting journey!

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.

MHB returns to San Francisco for its annual Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo. Attending the conference requires proof of vaccination, and MHB is implementing extensive COVID-19 protocols to allow you to safely interact and consult with gay dads, experts, and over 35 reputable gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers.
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Learn about:
  • The basics: medical, legal and financial aspects of surrogacy
  • Various surrogacy destinations and options
  • The continuing impact of COVID-19 on surrogacy and IVF
  • Insurance & budgeting considerations for surrogacy
  • MHB’s member resources, discounts and financial assistance
  • Accessing benefits from employers
Make the first step towards fatherhood on January 15-16!

On the Friday before the conference (January 14), we will once again host the Advocacy & Research Forum, to discuss the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.

January 14-16, 2022.

Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel,
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel by entering MHB2022 under offer code section.

The early bird advance cost is $40 per person (instead of $55) for prospective parents, and includes meals and receptions. Discounts available to members of MHB.

Note: we strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out. It will also speed up your sign-in on the day of the event and allow us to send you program updates.
Register Now!

Public Health & Safety Details
To ensure the safest possible conference experience, it is our policy that presenters, staff, and attendees are fully vaccinated. Participants will be required to present proof of vaccination at the door. In addition, the City of San Francisco has a mask mandate, so all attendees must remain masked unless actively eating or drinking.
In addition, our policy is that presenters, staff, and exhibitors undergo a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival at the conference.
Our full COVID-19 Policy can be reviewed here.

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.

Attendees can also book online private consultations with the clinics and agencies.
Book a consultation!

Agenda in brief

(Pacific Time Zone)

Friday, January 14:
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Registration
  • 5:00 - 6:30pm: The West Coast Advocacy and Research Forum. A look at the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.
  • 6:30pm: Welcome reception

Saturday, January 15:

  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:00am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 10:00 - 10:30am: Comparative Panel: Surrogacy in Canada and the USA
  • 10:30 - 10:50am: coffee break
  • 10:50am - 11:40pm: Getting started guide: picking providers, surrogacy resources and financial assistance
  • 11:40 - 12:10pm: Q&A session: MHB Membership Benefits Program (MBP) and The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 12:10 - 12:45pm: Considerations for Egg Donation: locating and selecting
  • 12:45 - 2:00pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) and Gay Parenting Expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations)
  • 2:00 - 4:10pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
  • 3:00 - 7:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 4:10 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break & Expo (courtesy of Same Love Surrogacy)
  • 5:00 - 5:55pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects
  • 5:55 - 6:10pm: coffee break
  • 6:10 - 7:00pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents (Sponsored by HRC Fertility)

Special evening activities (open to conference attendees and MHB Supporting Members)

  • 7:00 - 7:45pm: Teen Panel: Surrogacy children of gay dads share their stories
  • 7:45: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour
Sunday, January 16:

  • 8:15 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (sponsored by Laurel Fertility Care)
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
  • 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional legal clinic
  • 10:30 - 10:45am: coffee break
  • 10:45 - 11:30am: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance (Sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm: IVF and surrogacy coverage at workplaces or via health insurance (in collaboration with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association)
  • 12:00 -12:45pm: Q&A session: Legal experts
  • 12:45 -1:45pm: Advice for prospective single fathers (optional)

Highlights from last year

About Our Family Coalition

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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