After donor conception

I am a sibling or relative of a donor-conceived person

Finding those you are linked to through donor conception

You can find out more information about descendants created from the same donor, or the donor of your family member, if you are a relative of:

  • a donor
  • a donor-conceived person
  • a descendant of a donor-conceived person
  • a parent of a donor conceived person.

Contact between people linked through donor conception varies enormously. VARTA’s donor conception register services can provide you with information and support about how to find information and contact options. If you have been contacted as a result of an application to the donor registers, you and your close family members can speak privately and confidentially with a VARTA counsellor. You can discuss how the application may affect you and your family, your options and next steps. This is a free service.

What information can I find out?

If you are linked via donor conception, you can lodge information on the Voluntary Register. If there is a match, all parties will be notified. Consent is required prior to release of information.

The type of information you can find out about others depends on what information has been lodged. Find out more about the Voluntary Register here.

 

Voluntary Register

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Free matching service for those connected through donor conception treatment.

Apply to add your information to the Voluntary Register. If those you are linked to through donor conception have also added their information, VARTA will contact all linked parties.

Voluntary Register

What information can I find out?

Information already lodged by a previous applicant. This could include:

  • Medical history
  • Physical features
  • Cultural and family background
  • Hobbies
  • Photos.

Is consent required?

Yes.

All parties must consent prior to information being released.

 


After you have made an application to VARTA, you may be contacted about receiving the information. Notification and/or consent will be required prior to release of information.

What information can others find out about me?

If you are linked via donor conception, you can lodge information on the Voluntary Register. If there is a match, all parties will be notified. Consent is required prior to release of information.

The type of information others can find out about you depends on what information has been lodged. Find out more about the Voluntary Register here.

DNA testing

You can find out more about DNA testing here.

Helpful resources & support

VARTA is here to support you. Our experienced staff understand the issues for those linked through donor conception. They are neutral, respectful of people’s choices and opinions, and maintain privacy at all times. Please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the chances of connecting with somebody on the Voluntary Register?

Data on applications to the Voluntary Register during 2019-20 show there is about a one in three chance of finding a match. That is, a match with somebody you are related to via donor conception who also wants to exchange information or connect. As more people lodge their information on the Voluntary Register, the greater the chance of finding a match.

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