Ken Daniels is Adjunct Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of assisted human reproduction for 35 years undertaking counselling, research and policy development. He has published over 140 papers and chapters in books. He is the author of the widely used book designed for parents and professionals, ‘Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination’.
Study question: What are the expectations and experiences of anonymous gamete donors about contact with their donor offspring?
Summary answer: Rather than consistently wanting to remain distant from their donor offspring, donors' expectations and experiences of contact with donor offspring ranged from none to a close personal relationship.
Donor treatment often focuses on parents and little is known about how the children conceived fare. This video was filmed at VARTA's Twilight seminar 'How are you going? - Experiences of donor conception' (8 April 2013).
Dr Vasanti Jadva presented the results of a longitudinal study of families created using gamete (sperm and egg) donation. The children of the families were born around the year 2000 and data was collected at ages 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10 years.
Proposed legislative change mandating retrospective release of identifying information: consultation with donors and Government response
Study question: How do gamete donors who presumed they could remain anonymous respond to proposed legislation to retrospectively remove anonymity?