The 2020 Brussels conference on
Parenting options for European gay men


September 12-13, 2020


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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 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
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On September 12-13, 2020, the most comprehensive conference dedicated to gay men who want to have children is returning to Brussels!


MHB is once again teaming up with several European partners to offer a comprehensive parenting conference in 2020. For the sixth year in a row, the Brussels Conference will provide unbiased advice on surrogacy in the USA and Canada, in-depth medical and budgeting advice, and an even wider range of relevant service providers than before.

In addition to advice about parenting options, we also offer in parallel the Advocacy & Research Forum, for those who are interested to further discuss and influence social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting. Participation requires registration (or just RSVP for those who registered for the entire conference). More details coming soon.

Across most of Europe gay men who want to become fathers face serious legal, cultural, and financial obstacles. With over 8500 future and current gay parents worldwide, the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to helping gay men become parents. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.
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When...
September 12-13, 2020
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Where...
The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000
Brussels | Belgium
+32-2-5041111
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Registration...
The online early bird advance cost is €50 per person (instead of €70 starting August 12 and €85 at the door) and will include lunch and a reception.

We strongly encourage advance registration for both days - past events have sold out.
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Hotel information
Attendees can benefit from special group rates for hotel accommodations at The Hotel.
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Translation
The conference will be mainly in English with simultaneous translation to French, Dutch, and German


Agenda in brief



Friday, September 11:
  • 3:30 - 4:00pm: Registration
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Opening session - The Brussels Advocacy and Research Forum - A look at the social, ethical, legal and empirical aspects of surrogacy and LGBT parenting.

Saturday, September 12:
  • 8:15-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-9:15: Overview of parenting options available to European gay men, including surrogacy and adoption options in the USA and Canada
  • 9:15-10:30: Planning your parenting journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations  
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:30: Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance (GPAP)
  • 12:30-13:00: Q&A session: The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
  • 13:00-14:30: Lunch and gay parenting resource fair - tables of surrogacy and adoption agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations. (sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center)
  • 14:30-16:30: Breakout sessions - learn more about the surrogacy and adoption providers.
  • 16:30-17:30: Expo / coffee break (sponsored by Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists)
  • 17:30-18:15: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and European parents (sponsored by HRC Rancho).
  • 18:15-19:30: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 19:30: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents (sponsored by California Fertility Partners).
Sunday, September 13:

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration
  • 9:00-10:30: Expert panel: Medical aspects of surrogacy (Sponsored by Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles)
  • 10:30-10:45: Coffee Break
  • 10:45-11:45 Expert panel: Insurance & Budgeting issues (sponsored by ART Risk)
  • 11:45-12:45: Country-specific expert panels: Local and North American legal experts and peer advice on surrogacy for French, Belgians, the Dutch, Germans and prospective parents from the rest of Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc.)

Additional information…

  • Please note that the conference will be mostly in English, some in French, but we will have simultaneous interpretation to French, German and Dutch at all of the main sessions.
  • Conference attendees are eligible for a discount on accommodation at The Hotel.
  • Attendees can also book private consultations for Saturday afternoon or Sunday with the clinics and agencies who will be in Brussels for the conference (also at the The Hotel).
Note: while the event is organized by gay parenting organizations, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.

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