Author(s): Donor Conception Network
This booklet is for parents of young people and adults aged 17+ who are preparing to 'tell' in later teenage years or older. Chapters cover Making the Decision to Tell; Preparing to Tell; Some suggestions of how to go about Telling; Reactions to Being Told and a final section on the power of secrets, questions about half-siblings and searching for genetic connections. Written in a supportive, clear and easy to read style, this booklet, like the other three in the series, is full of quotes from experienced parents of donor conceived children and donor conceived adults themselves.
Parents may also want to read Telling and Talking with Family and Friends to help with openness with relatives and others.
The Donor Conception Network was started in 1993 by five famlies who were looking for support from others in being open with their children abou donor concepton. Members now include married and unmarried couples, single women, lesbian couples, parents who have been separated, divorced or widowed, individual adults who are donor offspring and some sper and egg donors. About half of our members already have children and most of the othesr are contemplating or currntly having fertility treatment with donated eggs, sperm or embryos.
We old national meetings twice year - with good child care and an older children's group - have local groups in many parts of the UK, provide a contact list of parents you can 'phone or email, have a twice yearly magazine an a lively website with an interactive forum open to members only.
Do join us.
Find our more from our website www.dcnetwork.org.