MHB warns of irresponsible attacks on surrogacy families

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As we wrote before, a bill in Albany has the potential to finally make surrogacy legal (only 2 other states still do not allow this…). It is the best legislation we have ever seen, with a “Surrogate Bill of Rights,” measures to make sure women are not exploited, and protections to all involved. However a vocal opposition may prevent it from even getting a vote in the Assembly, vilifying surrogacy as “baby selling”, “child trafficking," etc. Their irresponsible and false attacks may not just lead to a missed opportunity, but also to lasting stigmatization of our families. Read More...

MHB calls for legalizing surrogacy in New York State

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Men Having Babies is calling for legalizing surrogacy in New York, describing the proposed Child Parent Security Act (CPSA) as "the most comprehensive and thoughtful surrogacy legislation ever drafted." MHB is urging the thousands of NY gay men in its network, current and future fathers, to encourage their legislators to pass the bill, and join us for the June 11th Albany Lobby Day.

On May 29, 2019, MHB's executive director, Ron Poole-Dayan, joined several experts and community leaders to testify in hearings about the CPSA at the NY Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Brad Hoylman. Poole-Dayan offered the perspective of our board and team, which includes parents, surrogates and allies. He spoke about the need for the CPSA, its alignment with MHB's Framework For Ethical Surrogacy, and our hope the legislature steers clear of amendments that can render the bill not just ineffective but also harmful. Read More...

Men Having Babies joined leading Dallas LGBT organizations to bring its surrogacy parenting conference to prospective gay dads across the South!

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The first Men Having Babies South Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo took place in Dallas on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016.
For this event, MHB partnered with the Dallas Voice and several leading LGBT groups from Texas, who provided outstanding support in order to accommodate 25 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and more than 150 parents, prospects, and professionals that attended
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The June 19th event was based on the successful model of programs Men Having Babies has already organized in NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Brussels and Tel Aviv. It brought together under one roof community activists, experts, parents and surrogates who will share their experiences. The large event hall at the Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central was filled to capacity with prospective parents from all over Texas, as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada and California.
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Tenth annual Men Having Babies Conference highlights: heartwarming personal stories of teens born via surrogacy and a spirited discussion of the future of surrogacy in New York State

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On November 2, 2014, Men Having Babies (MHB), the world’s only nonprofit dedicated to providing educational and financial support to current and future gay parents via surrogacy, held its largest conference ever. Hosted and co-sponsored by the JCC Manhattan, more than 250 current and future parents, surrogates, doctors, lawyers and surrogacy professionals participated in a day filled with in panels, workshops and a fair with over 30 organizations from the USA and beyond.
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Men having Babies joined leading Chicago LGBT organizations to bring its surrogacy parenting conference to prospective Midwestern gay dads!




Watch the highlight video from the conference.



The program included a “Surrogacy 101” workshop that provided an overview of the various surrogacy arrangements available to gay men, with the aim to prepare future parents to make decisions regarding their surrogacy journey. Speakers included Dr. Brian Kaplan from Fertility Centers of Illinois and Nidhi Desai, an attorney from Ballard, Desai, and Miller.  Also, representatives of sponsoring surrogacy organizations provided a brief description of the services they provide. 

Men Having Babies is a non-profit organization, and all fees and proceeds from sponsorship benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), a program that was launched last year. GPAP was created as part of the organization’s mission to promote the affordability of surrogacy services for gay men.  In 2014 GPAP awarded $600,000 in cash grants and free services to gay couples and individuals who would otherwise never be able to become parents, and facilitated access to nearly a million dollars’ worth of discounted IVF, surrogacy and legal services to dozens more gay couples.


Among the major supporters of the assistance program are some of the sponsors of the Chicago conference, including Worldwide Surrogacy, aParent IVF, Family Source Consultants, IVF NJ, RMA of CT, Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Simple Surrogacy and CT Fertility. 

 

The event was hosted by the Center on Halsted, thanks to the assistance of Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community and Cultural Programs. “Center on Halsted partnered with Men Having Babies to present the first Midwestern surrogacy and gay parenting event because we realize that this is an issue that many gay men find important and often have difficulty finding information about,” says Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community & Cultural Programs. “Now that marriage is legal in Illinois for all couples, many individuals are deciding to choose this path and may be curious about different options for parenthood. This program is just one example of programming Center on Halsted provides throughout the lifespan for LGBTQ individuals in an effort to give access to resources specific to the LGBTQ community.”


American sign language (ASL) was offered at the event courtesy of Alternative Reproductive Resources, Lunch was underwritten by aParent IVF, and the seminar was recorded on video courtesy of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists. Additional supportive community organizations that helped to make this event possible include the Family Equality Council, Milwaukee LBGT Community Center, Proud Parenting, and the Windy City Times. 

 

About Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. The Center’s vision includes a thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.
More information: www.centeronhalsted.org
 

About Howard Brown Health Center
Howard Brown Health Center, founded in 1974, is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations. With an annual budget of over $30 million, the agency serves more than 16,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. HBHC serves men and women, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, Aris Health, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops located in Chicago and Oak Park.
More information: www.howardbrown.org
 

About Men Having Babies
With over 1500 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing current and future gay surrogacy parents with educational and financial support. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and teams up with LGBT family associations throughout the world to develop similar programs. In 2014 the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) awarded 10 couples and singles over $600,000 in cash grants and free services, in addition to dozens who became eligible for generous discounts from over thirty service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.
More information: www.menhavingbabies.org
 

Eight annual NY Men Having Babies Surrogacy Seminar and Expo is September 22, 2012

While we build the foundations of the new organization, we are also hard at work to ensure that the September Seminar will be the most successful one so far. We are excited to host several new agencies and clinics as sponsors this year, and will also have a number of community organizations co-sponsoring or exhibiting alongside the service providers.  Furthermore, for the first time this year, the net proceeds of the seminar sponsorships will be dedicated to the surrogacy financial assistance fund we are establishing.

We are also introducing an expanded day-long format that will include breakout sessions (in addition to the panels, catered lunch and exhibit). Over two hours each prospective parent will be able to choose up to six "speed group consults" with the sponsoring agencies and clinics. The sessions will be offered by more than a dozen agencies and clinics, they will be 20 minutes long and take place simultaneously in 4 meeting rooms. See the program tab at the event page (shortcut: www.menhavingbabies.org/ny )for more details (full schedule is expected mid-August), and don’t forget to register early to get updates on the speakers, new sponsors and breakout sessions as they are added.

Fertility Authority features our network in a report titled "Gay Parenting Information Sources Growing"

It quotes the network coordinator, Ron Poole-Dayan, saying that while he and his partner had no idea where to start on the intended surrogacy journey 12 years ago, “today the multiple options and ocean of information may actually make the process more overwhelming... The Men Having Babies network and the Men Having Babies seminars go a long way to help gay men in New York — and now also in Europe — to be introduced to the reputable clinics and agencies that have been helping our community for a while, and to get a good introduction to the subject from experts and peers."
Click here to read the article on Fertility Authority’s website.

Update: second parent adoption tax credit

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In our recent meeting some questions were asked about the amount and terms of the adoption tax credit LGBT parents can receive in the 2011 and 2012 tax years. We asked attorney Melissa Brisman to provide clarifications. It appears that in the 2012 tax year the amount is slightly lower and cannot be used to get a refund if you do not owe taxes, but for the first time the credit can be carried forward for additional 5 years. Read More...