Some donor-conceived people are not interested in finding out about the donor and any potential half-siblings, while others will want to know as much as they can. You will need to be prepared for either scenario and to support your child through their choice.
As a parent, you can apply on your child’s behalf before they turn 18 years. This enables you to gradually provide information about the donor to your child as they become older and more curious. The information you are able to access about your child's donor depends on consent from the donor.
Your child can also apply for information themselves before they turn 18 years. If the VARTA counsellor considers them sufficiently mature, the donor’s identifying details can be released to them.
Details about donors are stored on the Central Register. Parents of donor-conceived people and donor-conceived adults are entitled to non-identifying information without the donor’s consent. They can also apply for identifying information from this register. If contact details can be found, the donor will be contacted and asked to give consent to the release of identifying information.
Making an application to the Central Register
Contact VARTA for information and advice about the information available to you through the Central or Voluntary Register.
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