2017 Time to tell seminar

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 09:00


To make sure you have an opportunity to book your place at next year's event, please register your details on VARTA's mailing list.

It’s all about openness, honesty, how, when and why to tell.

The Time to tell seminar provides tips on how, when and what to say to children, friends and family so that parents feel more confident about their story, and children can understand the unique way in which they came into this world.

Speakers include counsellors, parents from different families, donors and donor-conceived young people. You will gain insight and advice on all aspects of talking to children about becoming a family with the help of donated eggs, sperm embryos or a surrogate.

Potential parents, parents, friends, family, donors and professionals are all welcome.

Seminar program:

09.30   Registration open / tea & coffee

10.00   Welcome

10.15   Why we need to tell

10.45   How to tell “this is how we became a family”

11.15   Family storybooks

11.30-12:00  Morning tea (provided)

12.00   Lessons learned from the past - donor-conceived young adults speak

12.30   Family perspectives - panel of parents and their sons and daughters

1.15-02.00   Lunch (provided) + book sales

2.00   Donor perspectives

2.15   Talking to others

2.35   Closing words and introduce breakout groups

2.35-4.30   Breakout groups with facilitator


Saturday 9 September 2017 from 9.30am – 4.30pm

School Hall, Northcote High School, St Georges Rd, Northcote, Victoria 3070

Early bird tickets are $52 per person (plus booking fee) and will be available until 9 August (full priced tickets $62 plus booking fee).

Register for Time to tell 2017

Seminar program


Northcote High School

19-25 Saint Georges Road
NorthcoteDarebin City, Victoria 3070