Time to tell seminar

Due to COVID-19, a date has not yet been set for this seminar in 2020. We will provide updates on this page in future. 

It's all about openness, honesty and how, when and why 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

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

11.05 - Family storybooks

11.20-11:50 - Morning tea (provided) + book sales

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

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

1.00-1.45 - Lunch (provided) + book sales

01.45 - Talking to others

1.55 - Donor perspective 

2.05 - Donor linking - lived experience

02.25 - Closing words and introduce breakout groups

02.30-03.30 - Breakout groups with facilitator

Please note that we respectfully request that children do not attend this event; babes in arms can attend. Thank you for your consideration.

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For more information about the event, please contact varta@varta.org.au or call (03) 8601 5250