Men Having Babies Midwest - 2018
Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo

Chicago, April 14-15, 2018

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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 2018 Chicago Surrogacy Conference & Expo is returning in an extended two-day format!

MHB is returning to Chicago, following the successful collaboration with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center in previous years. The conference features practical and personal peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers from across the USA at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations.

Based on feedback from attendees the program has been extended by starting earlier on Saturday, allowing us to add several sessions, and allocate more time for Q&A and socializing. Also for the first time in Chicago, our Gay Parenting Expo will feature both surrogacy and adoption / foster care resources!

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, and specialty panels on insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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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April 14, 2017: 3:30-8:00 PM, April 15: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. See below for more information.
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Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613
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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.
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Hotel accommodations…
Attendees can benefit from special group rate of only $149 /night for accommodations at the Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast: 1244 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610. Please note that room inventory is limited and group rates are only guaranteed until March 31st.

Agenda in brief

(see full program here)

Saturday, April 14:
• 3:00 - 3:30pm: Registration
• 3:30 - 4:45pm: Is surrogacy right for you? Overview and personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents
• 4:45 - 5:00pm: Coffee Break
• 5:00 - 6:00pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Attitudes and Ethics.
• 6:00 - 6:30pm: Break/ light supper (courtesy of Golden Surrogacy)
• 6:45 - 8:00pm: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations

Evening social activity:

• 8:30 - 10:30pm: Parents / Intended Parents / Professionals: Happy Hour at SideTrack Chicago! Sponsored by VIOS Fertility Institute.

Sunday, April 15:
• 8:00 - 9:00am: Registration / Breakfast / Gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations)
• 9:00 - 10:15am: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
• 10:15 - 10:30am: coffee break
• 10:30 - 11:45am: Expert panel: Budgeting and insurance (sponsored by ART Risk).
• 11:45am -1:15pm: Lunch (courtesy of Fertility Center of Illinois) and gay parenting expo.
• 1:15 - 2:30pm: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy.
• 2:30 - 4:10pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers.
• 3:00 - 8:00pm: Optional private consultations
• 4:10 - 4:40pm: Networking reception & gay parenting expo.
• 4:40 - 5:30pm: Q&A sessions:
- Legal experts
- Budgeting / The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)

Supportive Community & Media Organizations

About Center on Halsted

Center on Halstead
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.
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