We understand that the opinions and experiences of many donor conceived people (DCP) might be unfamiliar to intended and recipient parents, former and potential donors, mental health professionals, members of the ART industry, the medical community, legislators, and others. Advocating for change begins with educating the public about where change is needed and why change is necessary.
We also recognize the generations of existing DCP, both young and old, whose friends and families struggle to understand how best to support their loved one. We know there are parents and donors who have questions and need answers about how to navigate the future. And there are intended parents and potential donors who want to proceed in the most ethical manner possible but might not know what that means. USDCC’s resources can help.
Legislation takes time, but personal attitudes and practices can change quickly to favor the best interests of DCP. With the input of mental health professionals and others who have personal experience with donor conception, we aim to provide educational resources to the people who most need this information.
USDCC wants all recipient parents to have the knowledge necessary to best support their donor conceived child through the unique circumstances that often accompany third-party gamete donation. We want to equip you with tools for this lifelong journey.
USDCC aims to provide prospective, current, and former gamete donors with resources and information to help navigate the lifelong implications of participating in third-party gamete donation for both themselves and the people they help to create.
Many professionals are involved in providing services in third-party gamete donation or have patients who have been impacted by the practice. Through USDCC’s growing list of resources, we hope to introduce these professionals and others to issues they might never have considered concerning third-party gamete donation.
Anonymously submit your question about an issue you’re facing with donor conception and a member of our mental health team will provide an answer published to the USDCC website.
The goal of USDCC’s traffic light chart is to provide a visual assessment of U.S. sperm bank policies and practices in five areas of comparison selected to correspond with responses to USDCC’s 2022 Advocacy Survey.
Keep up with recent stories about donor conception in the news, and learn more about the perspectives of donor conceived people through guest posts and other content featured on our blog.