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Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Graham and Kelly’s story of donor linking and advice to others

Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago once they both expressed interest in finding out information about their donor/offspring. They were matched with the help of VARTA. In this video, they share their story of how they linked, and explain their relationship today.


Donor Graham, and donor-conceived Kelly, met eight years ago with the help of VARTA. They share their advice to others who wish to link with their donor or offspring.

Author: Ken Daniels, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
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Donor conception

Contact between the parties: what the research is beginning to tell us

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’.

Published: June 2016
Video
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Lived experiences of donor linking

A panel of donors, recipient parents and donor-conceived people share their stories of donor linking at the VARTA's 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' event on 19 May 2016.

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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Navigating Donor Linking

Advice for those starting the donor linking process from those who have been there.

We spoke to donor-conceived people, parents and donors who have accessed VARTA Donor Conception Register Services to ask them whether there was something they wished they had known beforehand. This is what they said.

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Donor conception

Why donor-linking matters

Wendy Kramer is Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR).  The DSR is a US charity organisation, founded in 2000 by Wendy and her donor-conceived son Ryan, to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties.  Wendy speaks about the research undertaken by her organisation and the experiences of those people who have linked via DSR.

Published: July 2017
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

 

Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.

The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.

Published: June 2016
Video
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor linking etiquette

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne presents on donor linking etiquette at the 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' seminar, 19 May 2016.

Published: June 2016
Video
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Explaining the Donor Registers Service

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne explains the process of donor linking and how VARTA can assist in this process.

Donor conception

Sperm donor linking

Listen to interview: Sperm donor linking - Richard Aedy, Radio National

VARTA CEO Louise Johnson and Riley Knight, a donor-conceived person, spoke to Richard Aedy from Radio National's 'Life Matters' about the issue of donor-conceived people having access to informtion abut their donor.  Riley also talked abou what it was like to meet his donor, Roger Clarke.  You can download the podcast of Riley and Roger talking about meeting and subsequent friendship.

Author: ABC TV
Published: March 2015
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

Australian Story: Louise Johnson on donor linking

Linking donor conceived people with donors is new territory with a wide variety of relationships created from those linkages. 

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