Donor Conception Network

HomeThe Donor Conception Network was started in 1993 by five families with children conceived with the help of sperm donation.  Since those early days they have moved on to welcome many members for whom egg, double or embryo donation has been their means of making or adding to their family.  The DCN have always been inclusive of all families using donor conception and as children grow up within the Network they have begun to develop resources and services for them as well as continuing to support parents. The DCN welcome families who are exploring whether or not openness with their children and others is right for them as well as those who have already made this decision.

Drawing on their experiences and relevant research, the DCN aim to support and guide would-be and current parents in the issues they face and the feelings they may have about making and raising a family created in this way.

  • How do children feel about being donor conceived?
  • Will I bond with a child that is not genetically connected to me?
  • How can I go about exploring whether 'telling' is right for our family?
  • When should I start telling my child about his or her origins and how do I go about it?
  • Do I need to 'tell' other people outside our family?

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