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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

Man conceived using anonymous donor sperm wants to be the first Australian to change his birth certificate so his father’s name is listed as 'UNKNOWN'



 

Children Born Through Artificial Insemination

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

 

 

Information for:

Parents of donor conceived children

Donor conceived people

Donors of sperm, eggs & embryos

Information on:

Legislation

Media articles

 

 

 

On our members only pages we have:

Our quarterly newsletter

More Media articles

More information for parents, donor conceived people and donors

Accessing information

   

NSW Inquiries into Donor Conception

Over the past few years the NSW Law & Safety Committee have been looking at information release in Donor Conception. They have completed 2 inquiries with recommendations that while not as complete as we would like have suggested some very worthwhile changes. Finally the NSW Government have responded (click here for their response). The most important item that the government says they will go ahead with is that they will place an addendum on to birth certificates so that when a donor conceived person applies for a copy of their birth certificate they will be told that further information is available to them; this will include the fact that they are donor conceived. The birth certificates of donor conceived people will look no different than anyone else's. The Government is also looking at extended the roll of the NSW Registers and suggestions that they will look at how to collect and safeguard donor conception information still stored at clinics. The NSW Government is also looking at an advertising campaign to go along with all these changes. If you would like to read the completed Inquiries including submission Click Here

 

What Registers are available in Australia?

 

 


Australian Story: Searching for C11 (Part 1)

“All that I knew about my biological father
was he had blond hair and blue eyes and
he was 5’11” and he was known by this

pseudonym of C11.” Dr Lauren Burns

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“I did feel very guilty that I’d told her and
sometimes even wished that I hadn’t
because it … became almost an obsession
to discover her donor. But I
underestimated Lauren.”
Barbara Burns, mother


“It was a difficult balance …you promise
people anonymity and you’re going back
on that promise.” Prof David de Krester,
Barbara Burns treating doctor
When she was 21, Lauren Burns was told a family secret that turned her world
upside down. Her mother revealed that Lauren had been conceived using donor
sperm in the early ‘80s at a clinic in Melbourne. Her parents never told anyone in the
family and the donor was assured his identity would remain secret.
Lauren, who is now a gifted aeronautical engineer, was shattered by the revelation.
She felt an overwhelming need to discover the identity of her biological father and
understand the truth of her biological make-up.
At the time she was conceived there was no law defining the relationship between
donor and offspring. Legislation was enacted in 1988 enabling the identification of
donors but for those like Lauren who were conceived before then there remained no
way to discover that identity.
That wasn’t good enough for Lauren. She needed to know. She spent the next four
years trying to solve that mystery with passion and persistence.
Over two episodes Australian Story follows Lauren’s dogged detective work. What
she manages to uncover is truly astonishing.
The Australian Story special also looks at the related stories of two other donorconceived
children. It examines the complex ethical issues surrounding donor
confidentiality and raises serious questions about the ethical practices of donorinsemination
clinics and the rights of the child.

Australian Story Part II Searching for C11

 

 

EVENTS

2014 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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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