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. From when and how to tell your child about their genetic origins to connecting with half siblings, we want to equip you with tools for this lifelong journey.

The Harmful Impact of Secret Keeping

Parents who want to keep donor conception a secret are usually trying to protect their child from emotional and relationship distress, but secrets are no guarantee of protection. In fact, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) states that for the long-term protection of your family, you should disclose donor conception to your child.

When should I tell my child that they are donor conceived?

The answer is simple: as soon as possible. Donor conceived people (DCP) need to know the truth about their conception from birth, or at the very least, prior to age 3. 

10 Things Parents of Donor Conceived People Need to Know

Deciding to use donor sperm or eggs is often a result of a fertility complication. In this emotional process, the consideration of how donor conceived people (DCP) will feel about their conception is often overlooked.

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