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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
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
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