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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fwd: New paper on Donor Grandparents!

Sara Axel
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From: Wendy Kramer <>
Date: July 11, 2013, 10:53:06 AM EDT
To: Wendy Kramer <>
Subject: New paper on Donor Grandparents!

The Journal of Family Issues, May 2013: A New Path to Grandparenthood: Parents of Egg and Sperm Donors. Diane Beeson, Patricia Jennings, Wendy Kramer.

"...third-party reproduction has implications not only for the donor, recipients, and offspring, but also for the parents of donors, who in increasing numbers are learning that they are the biological grandparents of one, or sometimes many, children born outside of their family.  In this article we examine this new path to grandparenthood by reviewing some of the social processes that have led to the emergence of this phenomenon."


Assisted reproductive technologies have engendered new familial arrangements, some of which challenge traditional assumptions about the relationship between biology and social roles. In this article, we report on the first survey ever conducted of parents of former egg and sperm donors. Twenty-two men and women participated in a survey conducted by the Donor Sibling Registry, a worldwide registry facilitating mutual- consent contact among donor offspring, their gamete donors, and other family members. We report on their feelings and thoughts on learning that their child donated gametes and on learning that they have a grandchild (or grandchildren) via gamete donation. We also examine what type of relationship, if any, participants have formed with their donor-conceived grandchildren, as well as their advice to other parents of donors. We conclude with questions and suggestions for future research into this newly emerging terrain of family relations.

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other wings." - Hodding Carter

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Fwd: Nottingham, UK: Donor Conception Network conference, Sept 21

Sara Axel
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Begin forwarded message:

From: Diane Allen <>
Date: July 11, 2013, 4:23:53 PM EDT
To: Sara <>
Subject: Nottingham, UK: Donor Conception Network conference, Sept 21

Autumn Conference
Sat, Sept 21, 10am-4.30pm. Nottingham, UK

Adult Programme
* Your family & the donor: Ken Daniels, author of 'Building a Family with
the Assistance of Donor Insemination'; New Zealand social work professor who
has written more extensively & accessibly about donor conception families
donors & offspring than anyone else worldwide. Q&A
* Morning discussion groups (introductions & an opportunity to talk about
the content of the main morning session)
* DCN 20th Anniversary Film
* Relative Strangers: Petra Nordqvist will give a presentation on her
research project which explores how parents and also wider family negotiate
and experience information sharing about donor conception. Q&A
* Afternoon discussion groups (on the topic of your choice)

Children's Workshops for 8-12yr Olds
For donor conceived children and non-dc siblings who would like to explore
donor conception issues in a fun and age-appropriate way.  Facilitated by
qualified and experienced children¹s group leader, Sharon Pettle, and her

Advance registration required.
Registration deadlines:
* Aug 30: children¹s workshop for 13-18yr olds - £25/child
* Sept 6: adult program - £25/adult (£10 unwaged), £10 per 13-18yr old
* Sept 6: childcare, £15/child (free for unwaged)

Please bring a picnic lunch for your family.
Drinks & biscuits available free.

* 020 7278 2608

Fwd: 'The World of ART', Nov 10, Charleston, SC

Sara Axel
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From: Diane Allen <>
Date: July 11, 2013, 4:23:23 PM EDT
To: Sara <>
Subject: 'The World of ART', Nov 10,  Charleston, SC

The World of Assisted Reproductive Technology - A Global Approach to Family
Formation in the United States and Abroad

Charleston, South Carolina. November 10 - 12, 2013.

Topics include:
* Egg banking & legal considerations
* LGBT family formation
* Psychological perspectives
* Medical overview, update & legal considerations
* International ART issues including the Hague Conference
* Statutory & case law updates
* Constitutional issues presented by ART
* Marriage, divorce, death & ART
* International coordination among ART professionals
* Ethical considerations in ART

Presented by the:
* American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)
* American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA)