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Welcome to the

Donor Conception Support Group

The Donor Conception Support Group of Australia Inc. is a self funding organisation run by volunteers and has been in existance since 1993.

Our membership is made up of people considering or using donor sperm, egg or embryo, those who already have children conceived on donor programmes, adult donor conceived people and donors. We also have social workers , doctors and clinic staff as members of the support group.

 

We feel that Donor Gamete families need an ongoing support system. Conceiving a child using donated gametes is only the first step. Parents, donor conceived people, donors and their family need help with accessing information and dealing with issues throughout their lives.

 

 

 

 

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NEWS

Sperm donors back efforts to change law on anonymity

 

I Want to Meet my Kids

I Think of My Egg Donor Every Day

Father figures

Donor-conception: 'I'd got to the bottom of a secret'

Sperm Donor's 24 kids never told about fatal illness

An Egg Donor Responds

 

 

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Parents of donor conceived children

Donor conceived people

Donors of sperm, eggs & embryos

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On our members only pages we have:

Our quarterly newsletter

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More information for parents, donor conceived people and donors

Accessing information

   

Bill presented to Victorian Parliament!

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/static/www.legislation.vic.gov.au-bills.html

This Bill aims to give all donor conceived people born in Victoria the right to identifying donor information no matter WHEN they were conceived - providing the information still exists.

The introduction speech by MP Gavin Jennings can be accessed here Debate will resume in the Victorian Parliament on the 10th July 2013.

 

What Registers are available in Australia?

 

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EVENTS

2013 Time to tell Seminar - Talking to children about how we became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate

For more info click here

 

 

 


A New Book about Donor Conception

My name is Caroline Lorbach (you will see information about a book I wrote some time ago over to the right); I am starting work on a book about donor conceived people,
their experiences and in particular and their relationships with family & friends.

If you are donor conceived, over the age of 18and would like to contribute your story to the book please email me at cplorbach01@optusnet.com.au  so that I can email you a set of questions.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about the book.



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NEW INQUIRY

The NSW Law & Safety Committee which recently released their report on donor's information & birth certificates has now started another inquiry, this time as follows:

That the Committee inquire into and report on the management of information related to donor
conception in NSW, with particular regard to:
a) whether people conceived by donor conception prior to January 2010 should have access to
donor conception information, including information that identifies their donor and donor
conceived siblings.
b) which agency should manage donor conception information and provide services related to
the release of this information.
c) what counselling or support services and public education measures are necessary to
support people who are seeking access to donor conception information.
d) any other relevant matter.

The inquiry will run until February - look at the details on the NSW parliament website: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety?open&refnavid=CO3_1

The Victorian Law Reform Committee's
Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors
A World First!! The DCSG applauds the Law Reform Committee of the Victorian Parliament for its final report which includes full retrospectivity. If the Victorian Parliament follow through on these recommendations all donor conceived people will have the right to access all information that may be stored about their donor inlcuding identifying information. The recommedations also inlcuded the provision for contact vetos which would mean that if either party did not want contact they could place a veto on this. There are many other recommendations in the report Read the report at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lawreform/article/1468 Now everyone needs to write to members of the Victorian Parliament to encourage them to have legislation containing these recommendations enacted. For a list of members of the Victorian Parliament go to http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/ and follow the links for the Legislative Assembly and Council where there are lists of members.

 

 

Experiences of Donor Conception

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It is a thoughtful drawing together of the experiences of those who have used assisted conception services and undergone treatment with donated gametes. It provides a practical approach to the process of choosing donor conception, but also explores the emotional and ethical issues involved. I started off by suggesting this book as a valuable resource for clients undergoing donor conception – I finish by suggesting the book should have a place on each treatment centre’s bookshelf with encouragement for every staff member to read it. Liz Scott, counsellor in the Assisted Conception Unit, Lister Hospital, London.           
 The book is impressive, both in the moving stories from all lay participants in the donor conception scene – recipient parents, donors and donor offspring; and in the comprehensiveness of its coverage. There is seemingly no scenario omitted. Sperm, egg and embryo donation all feature.Grant Pepper - Pathways newsletter of Fertility New Zealand

To purchase this book click here