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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

2017 SF Surrogacy Conference, Jan 14-15

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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 2017 San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo will feature surrogacy parenting options in both the USA and Canada, in a new exciting venue and an extended two-day format!

Our 4th annual West Coast Men Having Babies conference will be held in a new venue: The Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel (as we have outgrown the space available at the SF LGBT Center). The conference will be offered in an expanded two day format — starting Saturday afternoon and continuing for the full day Sunday. It will bring 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 11 years in NY, Chicago, 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 14, 2017: 5:30-8:00 PM, January 15: 9:00 AM-6:00 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 $20 per person in advance ($25 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

(for more details see the Program and Speakers tabs)

Saturday, January 14:
• 5:00-5:30pm: Registration
• 5:30-6:30pm: Is surrogacy right for you? Overview and personal stories - hear from several surrogates and parents
• 6:30 - 6:45pm: Coffee Break
• 6:45 - 8:00pm: A mindful look at surrogacy - Attitudes and Ethics. In this session we will examine the meanings and significance people tend to attribute to surrogacy in their lives, with a special focus on surrogates’ perspective. We will present recent ethnographic research on surrogacy, and evidence from studies about the way surrogacy affects the the welfare of the child, the surrogate, and her family. We will also look at programs meant to encourage a more mindful surrogacy experience, such as the Sacred Surrogacy (part of the Sacred Living movement) and MHB's Framework for Ethical Surrogacy.

Sunday, January 15:
• 8:30-9:00am: Registration
• 9:00-10:30am: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations
• 10:30 -10:45am: break
• 10:45am-12:00pm: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP).
• 12:00-1:30pm: Lunch (courtesy of San Diego Fertility Center) and gay parenting expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).
• 1:30-3:30pm: Breakout sessions - learn more about participating surrogacy providers.
• 3:30-8:30pm: Optional private consultations
• 3:30 -3:45pm: break
• 3:45-4:30pm: Specialty sessions I - Insurance and budgeting, Medical part 1, Psychological aspects of surrogacy
• 4:30-5:15pm: Specialty sessions II - Expert legal panel, Medical part 2, Life After Birth: Resources and Family Support Services with Our Family Coalition
• 5:15-6:00pm: Networking reception & gay parenting expo.

* Note: If you need ASL interpretation services, we ask that you notify us by December 23, 2016, so that we may have time to secure an interpreter.

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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.
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