Sperm Donor “Dad” Meets the Children

February 19th, 2007

Mr. Harrison had been thinking about getting in touch since reading in an article in The New York Times 15 months ago that two teenagers whose mothers had used his sperm to conceive were looking for him. Since there is not much etiquette to refer to for sperm donors, this man arbitrarily picked Valentine's Day to announce himself whose mothers had used his sperm to conceive. Hmmm, I do not quite know what to think of that! Apparently, he did announce himself to children that he already knew wanted to know his identity. The term "dad" I put in quotes because I am not certain that I consider a sperm donor a father. There was no intention to ever be a father, right? Although… [more]

Donor Babies Coming of Age and Searching Part 2

October 12th, 2006

The article acknowledges and validates that natural parents matter to the child and that the long term emotional impact on the donor babies is unknown but many like adoption triad members are asking the age old question of why. The article also questions what happens when adult rights clash with children’s needs and how these conflicts should be resolved. A study is underway called The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children’s Needs. She argument is that in the rush to redefine parenthood and families it is time to stop and ask some questions. The whole point of the article is to get the point across to those who claim that what children really need is a loving… [more]

Donor Babies Coming of Age and Searching Part 1

October 12th, 2006

This article speaks of the first generation of sperm donor babies who are now adults. Although sperm donor babies are not products of adoption, many of them are interested in finding the men who donated their sperm for their very existence. I think that these people who are now adults puts a whole different spin on search and reunion. The article starts out talking about a female named Rebecca who was a sperm donor baby who is now grown up and has been searching for her biological father for years. She states in the article “It’s a very human need to be able to look at a face and say, yes, that’s where I come from.” Although adoption is… [more]

Adoption Reunions of the Future

May 19th, 2006

As closed adoptions continue to fade out of favor, and medical science continues to progress, adoption reunions will take on some whole new dimensions in the future. For some, these new reunions are already occurring. I believe these new reunions to be only a beginning of a whole new trend in the future for adoption reunions. The new reunions that I refer to are those between siblings of sperm donors, and in some case involving the sperm donors themselves. In past decades, men who became sperm donors were mostly anonymous donors, with no intention of ever meeting the children created from their sperm. Women who became pregnant in this manner accepted not knowing the sperm donor's identity. The children who were created in this… [more]