In our “Perspectives” series, we examine adoption in other places, other cultures, and other times. By widening our lens, we hope to open our minds and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, each other, and our roles in the world of adoption. Would you like to write about adoption from a historical or cultural perspective? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donor conception–a type of adoption?
As a donor-conceived person, I have used the phrase “half adopted,” because for some of us donor-conceived people that is how we see our family situation. In the classical sense of donor conception (DC), we have one parent who is biologically related to us and another who is not. In essence, this non-biological parent is in fact agreeing to raise and care for a child who has been conceived by their partner and another person. In effect, they are agreeing to adopt this child as their own.
"My husband and I have struggled with infertility for several years. We have tried to conceive through IVF, but to no avail. We have come to the conclusion that adoption may be the best way for us to form a family, but I still want to pursue IVF treatments. My husband thinks we should stop IVF, come to terms with the fact that we can’t have our own children, and concentrate on adoption."
by Russell Webb
When do the rights of the child trump the rights of anonymous donors?
All that Olivia Pratten knows about her biological father is that he was Caucasian, a medical student, had a sturdy build, brown hair and type A blood. He was the sperm donor for Pratten’s mother, Shirley, who sought artificial insemination when she learned that her husband was infertile from bladder surgery complications.
Cheryl Piddock’s story of her conception is different than some. But that’s what makes her special, she says. In this Q & A, Cheryl helps to answer some questions about growing up as a donor adoptee.
Talking about family origins is a life-long conversation, one that begins early. In this article from Adoptive Families magazine, Kris Probasco, LCWS, LSCSW and Megan Fabian, B.A. help guide you through the years and the words of your family’s story.
"Under the law as it currently stands, a donor is the biological parent of any child conceived using his sperm.
BC’s CHOICES Adoption Agency and the Victoria Fertility Centre have teamed up to provide an embryo donation service.
What this means is that people who have gone through infertility treatment and have spare embryos they don’t intend to use, and don’t want destroyed, can donate an embryo to another person. The embryos are frozen, which can affect the success rates of such procedures.
Based on a workshop by Dr. George Annas titled "Ethics in a World Ruled by Law and the Market: Adoption, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Parenthood," which was part of the Ethics and Adoption Conference held Nov 3 - 5, ‘99 in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Annas is the Professor and Chair of the Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health. This is a summary of that workshop.
By Julie Smith (not her real name)