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Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families [NOOK Book]

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The first comprehensive book that offers invaluable step-by-step advice for families with donor-conceived children.

Wendy Kramer, founder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry, and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, have compiled a comprehensive and thorough guide for the growing community of families with donor-conceived children. Kramer and Cahn believe that all donor-conceived children?s desire to know their genetic ...
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Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families

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Overview

The first comprehensive book that offers invaluable step-by-step advice for families with donor-conceived children.

Wendy Kramer, founder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry, and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, have compiled a comprehensive and thorough guide for the growing community of families with donor-conceived children. Kramer and Cahn believe that all donor-conceived children’s desire to know their genetic family must be honored, and in Finding Our Families, they offer advice on how to foster healthy relationships within immediate families and their larger donor family networks based on openness and acceptance.
With honesty and compassion, the authors offer thoughtful strategies and inspirational stories to help parents answer their own, and their children’s, questions and concerns that will surely arise, including:
How to support your children’s curiosity and desire to know about their ancestry and genetic and medical background. How to help children integrate their birth story into a healthy self-image. How to help your children search for their donor or half siblings if and when they express interest in doing so. Finding Our Families opens up the lives of donor-conceived people who may be coping with uncertainty, thriving despite it, and finding novel ways to connect in this uncharted territory as they navigate the challenges and rewards of the world of donor conception.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 03/01/2014
With over one million children conceived through donor eggs or sperm, this book is a timely addition to what is sure to be a growing body of literature on donor-conceived families and their unique circumstances. Herself the mother of a donor-conceived child, author Kramer founded the Donor Sibling Registry (donorsiblingregistry.com) in 2000 to help connect genetically related individuals who are seeking mutual contact. In this supportive and insightful work, Kramer and coauthor Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor at George Washington Univ. Law Sch.; fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Inst.) offer guidance and understanding in navigating the journey to self-discovery. In chapters ranging from how to tell your child to challenges within the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry, the authors are knowledgeable, passionate advocates. VERDICT Full of sidebars, stories, and concrete guidance on beginning and executing a search, the book has both a pleasing layout and a welcoming style that is sure to become the standard for all those touched by donor conception. An essential, required purchase.
Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
With more than one million donor-conceived individuals in the world, the need for transparency within all facets of that community—children, siblings, parents, extended families, and donors—is as much a right as it should be a requirement. That assertion forms the basis for the guidelines that Kramer, cofounder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) and the mother of a donor-conceived child, and Cahn, a law professor focused on family law and reproductive technology, present in this timely volume. From raising a child with full disclosure to addressing the origin story of a child who has without warning been made aware of it, the authors provide appropriate courses of action and suggestions for maintaining supportive and honest communication. Questions from donor children—What does my donor look like? Can I meet him or her? Do I have any half siblings?—are addressed in detail, as are steps that can be taken to find the answers. In addition to providing suggestions for search resources, the authors include checklists and talking points for how, when, and where to connect, as well as suggestions regarding long-term contact. The book successfully honors its promise to deliver the tools necessary to help donor-conceived children discover and explore their genetic legacies. Agent: Bridget Wagner Matzie, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101612477
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 623,339
  • File size: 806 KB

Meet the Author


Wendy Kramer created the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) website with her son, Ryan, and is also its director. She lives in Nederland, Colorado.

Naomi Cahn is a family law professor and the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School.
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