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The 2017 Brussels conference on
Parenting options for European gay men


September 23-24, 2017



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When...
September 23-24, 2017
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Where...
Hilton Brussels Grand Place
Carrefour de l'Europe 3
1000 Brussels | Belgium
+32-2-5484211
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Registration...
Advanced registration is required. Admission is €40 per person for both days.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place.
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Translation
The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French and German
Exhibitors / sponsors
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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 23-24, 2017, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels!


Following the successful 2016 conference, MHB is once again teaming up with several European partners to offer a comprehensive parenting conference in 2017. The third 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 more programs than before, including 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 political developments about adoption and surrogacy options for gay men in the continent, 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 6500 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 23:
  • 15:00-15:30: Registration and welcome reception 
  • 15:30-16:00: Overview of parenting options available to European gay men, including surrogacy and adoption options in the USA and Canada 
  • 16:00-17:00: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents.
  • 17:00-17:15: Break
  • 17:15-18:30: Evolving positions about surrogacy in Europe and relevant political developments.
  • 18:30-19:00: Coffee break  
  • 19:00-20:00 Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
Sunday, September 24:

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration
  • 09:00-10:00: 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: Break
  • 10:15-12:00 Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:00-13:30: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair (tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
  • 13:30-15:30: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 15:30-16:30: Resource fair & networking reception.
  • 16:30-17:30: Specialty panels: Medical aspects of surrogacy / Insurance & Budgeting issues 


Additional information:
  • Please note that the conference will be mostly in English, some in French, but we will have simultaneous interpretation to both French and German at all of the main sessions.
  • Conference attendees are eligible for 25-40% discount on accommodations at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place.
  • 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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