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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

Surrogacy Mini-Conference / SF 1-9-14

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January 9, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
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San Francisco LGBT Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco CA 94102
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Admission is €20 and includes lunch and a coffee break. Advanced registration is required.

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Comprehensive "Surrogacy 101" workshop
Advise from gay surrogacy parents
Book Fair
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions
Reception and networking for parents. prospects and allies

MHB is partnering with Our Family Coalition to bring surrogacy parenting programming to San Francisco!

If you are interested in becoming dads through surrogacy, or if you are already surrogacy parents, professionals in the field, allies or community organizers - we invite you to our first Northern California seminar dedicated to biological parenting for gay men.

Our program will have three parts: the first dedicated to prospective parents, while the last two open to all:
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"Surrogacy 101" workshop for prospective parents: 6:00-7:30 PM
This workshop will provide an overview of the various surrogacy arrangements available for gay men, with the aim to prepare future parents to make decisions regarding their surrogacy journey. Topics covered will include:
I. Overview
  • Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
  • Brief overview of the required medical procedures.
  • Where can the surrogates come from, where can the medical process take place (legal and cost implications).
  • Overview of the involved parties: surrogate, egg donor, and service providers.
  • Estimated costs, and factors that affect costs.
II. Major decisions that shape the surrogacy journey
  • Criteria to guide decisions: family vision, financial constraints, risk tolerance and ethical preferences.
  • Where to start (agency, clinic, surrogate or donor)
  • Selecting an agency and clinic.
III. Resources for support and financial assistance
  • How to get additional expert and peer advice, recommended online resources, access to financial support, end more.
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Reception, book fair, a light supper, and resource exhibit: 7:30 - 8:15 PM
Current and future parents, allies and partners are invited for a networking reception with refreshments and a resource exhibit table. We will also offer a Book Fair of children's books with LGBTQ themes, with a focus on books featuring families with gay dads who had their kids with the help of a surrogate. We will also feature kids books with same-sex parents in general, books celebrating the diversity of families, gender expression, etc. More than a dozen different books will be available for browsing and some will also be available for purchase on-site.
Light supper will be offered courtesy of The Donor Concierge.
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Get involved: programs for gay surrogacy dads, and the Gay Parenting Assistance Program : 8:15 -9:00 PM
Come hear about the resources and support available form MHB and the new assistance program launched in 2013. Current and future parents, allies and partners are invited to learn how they can benefit from these programs and / or get involved! We will discuss in particular future plans for collaborative programs with Our Family Coalition and other groups for the benefit of Bay Area and Northern California residents.

Additional Sponsors

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About Our Family Coalition

Our Family Coalition promotes the equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families with children. We foster leadership in advocacy efforts that promote social justice to ensure that all the families in our community are respected and loved. The organization provides a variety of vehicles for LGBTQ families with children to engage effectively in public education and advocacy efforts that challenge the bias and discrimination that affect them. We aim to reach a diverse grassroots base of LGBTQ families where they are and engage them in challenging the many societal barriers they face.

About Men Having Babies

Men Having Babies (MHB) is a nonprofit organization that was spun off in July 2012 from a program that ran at the NYC LGBT Center since 2005. With over 1200 couples and singles from around the world, it is the only international organization dedicated to providing gay biological fathers and fathers-to-be 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. The organization’s mission also includes promoting the affordability of surrogacy and related services for gay men through financial assistance and the encouragement of cost transparency and customer feedback.
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