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The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria



MHB’s Criteria for Eligible Parents



I. Stage I Evaluation Variables: Applicant Parents that satisfy the below criteria may be eligible for Discounted Services, including possible access to certain discounted services and medications and possible matching funds in a crowd-funding page:

(a) Sexual Orientation and Marital Status. Each Applicant Parent shall be a homosexual male and may apply to the Program individually or jointly with his partner or husband; provided, however, that such Applicant Parent may not apply as an individual if such Applicant Parent is legally married (or obtained equivalent status such as civil union or domestic partnership, or common law marriage), or is cohabiting with his partner in the same primary residence.

(b) Income. The annual income of each Applicant Parent (as determined below) shall be less than or equal to the income eligibility level determined by MHB (the “Income Eligibility Level”). MHB, in its sole discretion, may adjust the Income Eligibility Level with respect to an Applicant Parent to take into consideration, among other things, the number of persons in such Applicant Parent’s household and the location of primary residency of such Applicant Parent, and certain median income and purchasing power adjustments across countries and regions or urban centers within the United States (as determined by MHB in consultation with public sources, including, without limitation, most recently available government statistics and open-source indices like Numbeo.com). The annual income of an Applicant Parent shall be: (i) if the Applicant Parent is a U.S. resident, the adjusted gross income of such Applicant Parent for the most recent calendar year, as set forth in such Applicant Parent’s U.S. federal income tax filing for such year, or (ii) if the Applicant Parent is not a U.S. resident, the equivalent amount, determined by MHB either alone or in consultation with its partners, affiliates or agents, in the relevant non-U.S. country.

(c) Age. Each Applicant Parent (or at least one of the Applicant Parents, if a couple) is between the ages of twenty five (25) through fifty (50) on the date the application to the Program is received by MHB.

(d) No Existing Children. Applicant Parents (or at least one of the Applicant Parents, if a couple) shall not already have any children. If Applicant Parents are co-parenting with another individual or couple, as long as at least one of them is not the legal parent of said child, they are still eligible for Stage I benefits.

(e) Domicile. If two Applicant Parents are legally married (or obtained equivalent status such as civil union or domestic partnership, or common law marriage) or are cohabiting, they shall have been living together in the same primary residence for at least the immediately preceding two years.

(f) Residency. Applicant Parents do not need to be U.S. residents to be considered for the Program; provided, however, that with respect to Applicant Parents that are not U.S. residents, a local parenting organization or other relevant third party service provider from their countries will need to partner with MHB in order to arrange the equivalent income verification, criminal background check, credit check, and psychological screening that MHB manages for U.S. residents.

(g) Criminal Background Check. To the extent allowed by local laws, each Applicant Parent shall pass a criminal background check, which, for Applicant Parents that are U.S. residents, shall be provided by a commercially available national screening company acceptable to MHB (e.g., SentryLink), and, for Applicant Parents that are not U.S. residents, shall be the equivalent screening or declaration, determined by MHB either alone or in consultation with its partners, affiliates or agents, in the relevant non-U.S. country. MHB, in its sole discretion, shall determine whether an Applicant Parent has failed the criminal background check. For the avoidance of doubt, an Applicant Parent residing in the U.S. shall be deemed to have failed the criminal background check in the event that any or all of the following is found for such Applicant Parent or such Applicant Parent's partner, spouse or co-Applicant Parent (it being understood that the below is a non-exhaustive list of events which would cause such Applicant Parent to fail the criminal background check):

(i) Such Applicant Parent has ever been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, felony child abuse or neglect; spousal abuse; a crime against children (including child pornography); or a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide (but not including other types of physical assault or battery).

(ii) Such Applicant Parent has ever been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, any crime of arson, kidnapping, illegal use of weapons or explosives, fraud, forgery, or property crimes, such as burglary and robbery.

(iii) Such Applicant Parent has has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony for physical assault or a battery offense within the past five (5) years.

(h) Time Limitations. Each Applicant Parent shall declare that he is already in process or intends to start his parenting journey before the end of the following calendar year.

(i) Other Information. Each Applicant Parent shall be required to certify to the foregoing and shall be required to provide (i) a declaration of such Applicant Parent’s sexual orientation, (ii) the date of birth of such Applicant Parent, (iii) previous last name or maiden name of such Applicant Parent, and (iv) the Social Security number (or the equivalent in a non-U.S. country) of such Applicant Parent. Each Applicant Parent who has been accepted into the Program shall also be asked, but shall not be required to, provide a testimonial or declaration to the media about his experience with the Program (it being understood that the provision of such a testimonial or declaration shall not be a condition to acceptance into the Program).

II. Stage II Evaluation Variables: Applicant Parents that are accepted into the Program based on the foregoing Stage I Evaluation Variables shall be offered the option to submit a Stage II Application that will provide MHB’s Grant Committee (the “Committee”) with additional information (each such Applicant Parent that submits such a Stage II Application, a “Stage II Applicant Parent”). The Committee shall use the information to make a discretionary selection among all Stage II Applicant Parents in determining which such Stage II Applicant Parents shall be awarded available cash grants of various amounts (if any) and/or matched with certain Service Providers for Pro Bono Services and/or Discounted Services (“Stage II Awards”). The evaluation criteria below have both pass/fail acceptance criteria and general areas for consideration. In determining whether to make such Stage II Awards, the Board of Directors of MHB, in consultation with the Committee, may instruct the Committee's members to assign different weights or priorities to various criteria set forth below:

(a) Psycho-social evaluation: Stage II Applicant Parents shall be interviewed by a social worker or a psychologist who will provide the Committee a report pertaining to such matters as their state of readiness, commitment and contemplation, past journey hardships, and other relevant observations.

(b) General Health: Stage II Applicant Parents shall be required to provide a health statement by a physician detailing any chronic, terminal or debilitating conditions; provided, however, that the existence of any such condition shall not be deemed to be an automatic basis for disqualification from eligibility to receive Stage II Awards.

(c) Wealth: Stage II Applicant Parents shall be required to provide an accounting of their assets (both fixed and liquid). This will be both useful for determining need, as well as establishing the availability of other resources should they receive only partial funding from the Program.

(d) Journey Hardships: Stage II Applicant Parents shall be requested to report the time and financial resources they invested so far in their efforts to become parents and unusual hardships or setbacks they may have suffered.

(e) Commitment and Contemplation: Stage II Applicant Parents shall be requested to describe in detail their parenting aspirations, preferences regarding the surrogacy process they have in mind, and the process through which they gathered information on surrogacy (including, but not limited to, attending meeting, online forums, speaking with parents and surrogates, meeting with agencies and clinics, etc.).

(f) Ability to Successfully Complete the Surrogacy Journey within a Reasonable Time: In the event that Stage II Applicant Parents receive partial or full funding awards, such Stage II Applicant Parents will need to have the resources, legal status, and plans to successfully complete the parenting process within 18-24 months, which shall be confirmed as follows:

(i) Stage II Applicant Parents shall be required to provide information required their practical plans to complete the surrogacy process in the event they receive assistance from the Program, including the timeline they will follow, services they would like to receive, and financing sources they will use. Stage II Applicant Parents shall also be required to provide information about their plans in the event that they do not receive such assistance from the Program.

(ii) Applicant Parents shall be required to provide their credit score and submit to a credit check or its equivalent from a reputable source determined by MHB. Provided, however, that a particular credit score shall not be deemed to be an automatic basis for disqualification from eligibility to receive Stage II Awards.

(iii) Stage II Applicant Parents shall be required to disclose their immigration status and demonstrate that there will be no residency status problems during the parenting journey. Nevertheless, the Committee may give special consideration to unique cases and elect to work with Stage II Applicant Parents to solve immigration status issues (if possible and reasonably practicable).

(g) Testimony. Each successful journey completed through the program is evidence of the Program’s strength and validity and encourages continued interest and support from Service Providers and donors. Therefore, Stage II Applicant Parents will be asked whether they are willing and able to be a public facing advocate and/or help MHB with future fundraising and will be encouraged to do so; provided, however, that failure to do so shall not be deemed to be an automatic basis for disqualification from eligibility to receive Stage II Awards.

(h) Diversity. The ethnic and racial background, geographical information and other personal information of Stage II Applicant Parents may be available to the Committee in the event that the Committee wants to consider the demographic diversity of the group of recipients of Stage II Awards as a whole.