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DCN (Donor Conception Network)

A UK charity established in 1993 which supports donor-conceived people, their families, and people considering or undergoing donor-assisted conception treatment. It is made up of a supportive network of 1,600 families, based mainly in the UK.



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The wild east and the worried west: pioneers or outlaws?

15 January 2018 - by Dr Danielle Griffiths

'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?’ was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction'... [Read More]

Dutch sperm donor may have fathered 102 children

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A man is being investigated in the Netherlands after claims he fathered over 100 children through sperm donation... [Read More]

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn

Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary 'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]

Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents

22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield

Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]

Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?

24 October 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This event explored how can the law deal with the multiple-parent families created by donor conception and surrogacy, and asked: 'What makes someone a parent, and how should a birth certificate reflect that?'... [Read More]

Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?

17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless

Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

Sperm donor children with single parents 'well adjusted'

11 July 2016 - by Rachel Siden

Donor-conceived children born to single women are equally well adjusted as those from two-parent donor-conceived families, according to a recent UK study examining the views of single mothers and children aged between four and nine years old... [Read More]

We must support parents in being open with their donor-conceived children

30 November 2015 - by Nina Barnsley, Jennie Hunt and Julia Feast OBE

The resounding message that came from the recent PET/NGDT event was that more needs to be done to support parents of donor-conceived children in telling them about their origins... [Read More]

Ten years since the end of donor anonymity: what next?

16 November 2015 - by Charles Lister

The Chair of the National Gamete Donation Trust argues that the whole fertility sector must take seriously the need of donor-conceived children to know about their origins... [Read More]

Over 500 UK sperm donors have 'fathered' more than ten children each

26 August 2014 - by Nishat Hyder

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has revealed that 504 sperm donors in the UK have between them 'fathered' more than 6,200 children.... [Read More]

Book Review: Letters to My Donor

17 June 2014 - by Kate Brian

Produced by the National Gamete Donation Trust, 'Letters to my donor' is a collection of letters from parents who have undergone or who are undergoing IVF using donor sperm or eggs to their gamete donor... [Read More]

Do genes matter? Families under the microscope

02 June 2014 - by Petra Nordqvist

How do genes and genetic relationships actually matter in the messy and complex world of everyday life? The event 'Do genes matter? Donor conception and family life' discussed genetic connections and family life from the legal, sociological and scientific points of view... [Read More]

Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception

28 May 2014 - by Cait McDonagh

Since 1991, more than 35,000 children have been born in the UK as a result of donor conception, and our knowledge of genetics has increased substantially during that time. The event 'Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception' set out to ask whether our understanding of family has changed too... [Read More]

Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception

12 May 2014 - by Sarah Norcross

I don't often put my hand up to review books when they pop through the letterbox. Normally, after the pleasure of opening the parcel and inhaling the scent of fresh book, I quickly put it on someone else's desk... [Read More]

Response to Ben Saer

20 May 2013 - by Olivia Montuschi

In addressing egg-donation dad-to-be Ben Saer's points in his BioNews article, it is hard to know where to start. Good parenting is of course supportive and protective, but it does not resolve the desire of some people to know more about who helped create them... [Read More]

Enough of Nuffield – let's stop sidelining donors

13 May 2013 - by Ben Saer

The recent Nuffield report makes two disappointing recommendations - that anonymous donation should not be reintroduced, and that the state should encourage those who donated pre-2005 to come forward. Both positions are obstructive to donors, past and present... [Read More]

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