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

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

by Wendy Kramer, Naomi Cahn

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101612477
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 825 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 The D Word 1

2 No Secrets: Telling Is Important! 10

3 How, When, and What to Tell Your Child 35

4 So Now You Know: For Offspring 61

5 After the Telling 81

6 The Decision to Search 97

7 How to Search 128

8 A Match! What Happens Next? 155

9 Beyond First Contact: Bumps in the Road 186

10 Truth Is Relatives 195

11 Families Moving Forward 220

12 Challenges within the Industry and the Need for Reform 237

Postscript from Wendy: Connecting to the Future 248

Acknowledgments 250

Notes 251

Index 259

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