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Men Having Babies Midwest - 2014
Surrogacy Seminar & Expo

Chicago, September 13, 2014

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September 13, 2014 - 10:00am - 7:00pm.
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Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613
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Admission is $10 online ($15 at the door) and includes lunch. Advanced registration is highly recommended. Parents welcome to join free of charge (with advanced registration)!

Sponsors (in formation)

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Comprehensive "Surrogacy 101" workshop
15+ Surrogacy Services Exhibitors
Advise from gay surrogacy parents
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions
Reception and networking for parents. prospects and allies

MHB is partnering with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center to bring surrogacy parenting programming to Chicago!

If you are interested in becoming parents through surrogacy (gay or straight), or if you are already surrogacy parents, professionals in the field, allies or community organizers - we invite you to our first Midwest seminar and expo dedicated to surrogacy parenting.

The program includes a “Surrogacy 101” workshop, a Surrogacy Parenting Expo, Exhibitor introductions, a reception and networking, on-site consultations and information about local and national resources. Sponsorship proceeds will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program. The seminar will be recorded on video courtesy of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists.

Note: while the event is organized by a gay parenting organization, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.

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Registration and parenting resources exhibit: 10:00-10:30 AM
Surrogacy Parenting Services and Resources Exhibit - more than a dozen tables where you can meet and receive information from leading clinics, surrogacy agencies, lawyers and other professionals, in addition to several community organizations. Also 12:00-1:00 PM .
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"Surrogacy 101" workshop for prospective parents: 10:30-12:00 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. Speakers will include experts in the legal, medical and financial aspects of the process, parents and a surrogate. Also, representatives of sponsoring surrogacy organizations will provide a brief description of the services they provide.
Topics covered will include:
I. Overview
  • Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
  • 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. Personal perspectives
  • Tips from Chicago area parents
  • The surrogate perspective.
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Lunch, reception, and parenting resources exhibit: 12:00-1:00 PM
Current and future parents, allies and partners are invited for a networking reception with lunch courtesy of aParent IVF. Our expo will also resume where you can meet and receive information from leading clinics, surrogacy agencies, lawyers and other professionals, in addition to several community organizations.
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Resources for support and financial assistance: 1:00 -2:00 PM
Hear about the resources and support available form Men Having Babies and the Gay Parenting Assistance Program. Learn how to get additional expert and peer advice, recommended online resources, and more. There will also be time for Q&A and comments. Current and future parents, allies and partners are invited to learn how they can benefit from these programs and / or get involved!
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Private consultations with service providers: 2:00 -7:00 PM
Several clinics and agencies will be available for private consultations with prospective parents that wish to explore the options they offer in more depth. To coordinate consultations in advance you may sign up at the consultation request page (but only after you registered to the event). Consultation slots may also be available last minute for those who want to first meet the providers at the expo.
  • Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door: please Register here. Parents through surrogacy are welcomed to join free of charge (with advanced registration).

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.

About Howard Brown Health Center

Howard Brown
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 $22 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.

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.