Questions to Ask a Known Donor

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Many parents will choose to ask a known donor to help them conceive. This can have a number of advantages for different situations. They might include a potential familial connection, reduced cost, possible relationship between the donor and child. However, using a known donor can come at some risk. Before you go with a sperm […]

Free Online Sperm Donor? Know the Risks.

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There’s a booming market for ‘free’ sperm donors online. Anyone moving forward with sperm donation using a free donor they met online needs a legal contract, drafted with the advice of an attorney, to ensure their parental rights are protected. Potential donors also need their own legal advice drafting a contract that ensures that they […]

Illinois Parentage Act Overview

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Presumption of Parentage The Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 (750 ILCS 46) is the law that details the parent-child relationship in Illinois. The purpose of the law, generally, is to give children the opportunity to have their physical, mental, emotional, and financial needs met by each of their parents. In order to do this, the […]

My Donor Story: Books for Donor Conceived Kids

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More and more families are turning to assisted reproduction and donor gametes to build their families. Therefore, lots of kids who came to be in some pretty unique ways. Whether conceived using donor sperm, donor eggs, embryos, IVF, or Surrogacy, a series of books, “My Donor Story” helps donor conceived kids to learn how their […]

Lesbian Mom Loses Parental Rights

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Lesbian Mom Loses Parental Rights to Sperm Donor: A Cautionary Tale for LGBTQ+ Parents At the time of their son’s conception, Kris Williams and Rebekah Wilson (a lesbian couple in Oklahoma) were in love and seeking to grow their family the best way they knew how. They chose a sperm donor, got married, and put […]

Top 3 Donor Conception Podcasts: Stories You’ll Love

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If you are starting out on your family building journey, it can be invaluable to hear stories of those that walked this path before you. If you know where to listen, you can find lots of donor conception stories in podcasts. Throughout my own time trying to conceive as a single parent by choice, I […]

Too Many Embryos? Your Options for Embryo Disposition

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Are you planning to build your family with IVF or gestational surrogacy? You may not realize that the process may create more embryos than you actually need to complete your family. Don’t get caught off guard! Before you start treatment, think carefully about what you plan to do with excess embryos. Many patients, religious organizations, […]

Public Benefits for Choice Moms

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Did you know that becoming a choice mom using a sperm donor could affect your ability to receive public benefits? Most people that set out on this path to parenthood do not expect that they’ll need to access public benefits. Unemployment or underemployment can happen to anyone. Don’t miss out on your ability to access […]

Known Donor Agreement: Why do I need one?

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Do you need a known donor agreement? If you are trying to start your family with the help of a sperm or egg donor that you know, you likely want to avoid the situation where your donor has parental rights and responsibilities for your child. This can have widespread implications, including issues related to: Custody […]