Donor families are becoming substantially more common with the wider acceptance of LGBTQ+ and single-parent families utilizing donor gametes in recent decades. The accessibility of commercial DNA testing is also helping to expand these families, as many people are finding out by surprise that they are part of a sometimes quite large donor family. The challenges of forming and redefining a donor family as one explores their own or their child’s new biological connections can seem overwhelming and make proper education and counselling for all donor family members crucial. Clinicians must be well-informed about all perspectives in order to address such issues in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner. Counselling Donor Family Members is to provide clinicians, mental health professionals, and all those in reproductive medicine with guidance on the unique issues that can present for egg and sperm donors (and their families), prospective parents, parents of donor-conceived children, and most importantly, for donor-conceived people.
- Prospective parents: understanding the importance of early disclosure and honouring and supporting any curiosities their child might have about their ancestry, family medical history, and close genetic relatives
- Parents: couples with Infertility, single mothers by choice (SMC), LGBTQ single or couple recipients, non-biological parents: how best to support their children.
- Donors: sperm and egg donors, their partners, and their children: how to accept and embrace new donor family relatives.
- Donor-conceived people: common experiences and issues.
Connecting with donor family relatives and re-defining family
Is it a paid event?
The webinar is FREE for members and non-members of the European Fertility Society. However, the number of seats is limited, so make sure to book yours now!z
June 7 | GMT 15.00 pm
CET 16.00 pm / MST 08.00 am