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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

2019 SF Surrogacy Conference, Jan 12-13

Save the date: the 2020 MHB San Francisco Conference on January 18-19, 2020!

The 6th annual San Francisco Men Having Babies conference took place on January 12-13, 2018, at Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. Over 280 prospective parents from across the United States and beyond enjoyed a weekend of workshops, and special in-depth panels about insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
  • Stay tuned for the full 2020 event information in August!
  • See below for the 2019 original event program

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Expanded two-day ”how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
20 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

The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo returns in 2019 with surrogacy parenting options in both the USA and Canada!

Our 6th annual West Coast Men Having Babies conference will be held once again at the spacious and well positioned Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel. The conference brings together community activists, medical and legal experts, parents and surrogate mothers. Prospective parents will benefit from practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from the USA and Canada at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations. In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy in the United States, and specialty panels on insurance, budgeting, legal, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy.

The conference is based on a format MHB developed over the last 14 years in NY, Chicago, Dallas, Barcelona, Brussels and Tel Aviv. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and Our Family Coalition.

Note: while the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective surrogacy parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.
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January 12, 2019: 8:00 AM -8:00 PM, January 13: 8:30 AM-12:45 PM. See below for more information.
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The conference will take place at Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel,
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco.
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Hotel information…
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel.
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Admission for both days is $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door - space permitting) and will include lunch and a receptions.

We strongly encourage
advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.

Agenda in brief

(more details here)

Saturday, January 12:
• 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
• 9:00 - 10:30am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
• 10:30 - 11:00am: coffee break
• 11:00am - 12:15pm: Personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents
• 12:15 -1:45pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
• 1:45 - 2:45pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
• 2:45 - 3:00pm: Break
• 3:00 - 5:00pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers
• 3:00 - 7:00pm: Optional private consultations
• 5:00 - 6:00pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
• 5:00 - 6:00pm: Life After Birth - Resources and Family Support Services with Our Family Coalition
• 6:00 - 7:00pm: Light Supper & Expo

Special evening activities (open to the community at large):
• 7:00 - 8:00pm: Teen Panel: Surrogacy children of gay dads share their stories - in cooperation with Family Equality Council's Outspoken Generation program
• 8:00pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour (sponsored by California Fertility Partners)

Sunday, January 13:
• 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
• 9:00 - 10:30am: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy
• 9:00 - 1:00pm: Optional private consultations
• 10:30 - 10:45am: coffee break
• 10:45 - 11:45am: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance (sponsored by ART Risk)
• 11:45am -12:45pm: Q&A sessions:
- Legal experts
- Budgeting / The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)

* Note: If you need ASL interpretation services, we ask that you notify us by December 12, 2018, so that we may have time to secure an interpreter.

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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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