Talking With Children About Ovum Donation
Saturday April 09th, 2011 09:09 PM

With permission from The American Fertility Association, June 2009

By Patricia Mendell, LCSW AND Jean Benward, LCSW

A lot has changed since the original AFA Ovum Donation Fact Sheet written almost 10 years ago. Currently, there are over 100, 000 offspring born from donor eggs in the world. Parents who choose egg donation to build their families, face multiple decisions along the way. One of the most difficult decisions is whether to disclose the donor conception to their children.  If they choose to share their family building story with their children, they wonder when and how they will convey this information.
The authors discuss how donor conceived offspring might understand donor conception and ask different questions at different stages of development; they respond to some questions parents frequently ask, and some questions children might ask about their donor conception. Included are quotes from other professionals who have written on the subject; comments from donor parents and their offspring; possible scripts; and an annotated book list.

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