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Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 3. Dezember 2013

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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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Finally a Positive, Honest and Informative book for Donor Families and those in the Donor Industry. 13. Dezember 2013
Von Lisa by the Sea - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is full of the kind of information I wish I'd had while navigating the childhood of my donor conceived son. I don't think very many of us considered all of the issues and questions that would arise as our children got older. Even though my son is now 21 years old there were still many questions to be answered. After reading the book cover to cover I can honestly say that "Finding Our Families" provides answers to ALL of the questions our family has pondered over the years. It also includes helpful information about how and where to begin your search for your donor and/or a donor sibling. If for no other reason than to have access to any disease/genetic information that has come to light since the donor filled out his profile as a young and healthy college student. We registered with the DSR (Donor Sibling Registry) when it first began and my son has connected with one of his two donor sisters. Their relationship with each other has been a gift to both of them and they continue to text and/or talk daily even though they are in colleges on opposite coasts. One of the most important points that Wendy makes is that it's hypocritical for parents, who so strongly desired a biological connection to their child that they chose to use donor sperm/egg so the child would be biologically related to one of the parents, to expect that their child doesn't have the same desire and right to have that same biological connection with their donor or donor siblings. Although it has long been established that secrecy in adoptive families is emotionally devastating to the adopted child it hasn't been acknowledged or accepted (in the U.S.) that donor conceived children have the same issues. My hope is that everyone connected to the sperm/egg donor industry, including the donors, will read this book. Not only does it address the ethical issues involved in the industry but it also addresses the emotional issues that are likely to develop for the donor and the donor conceived children. It's time to acknowledge and address the fact that donor families don't always have the storybook endings that many in the fertility industry assure will be theirs once they finally have the baby they've longed for. It's also time that the rights of donor conceived children are given the same priority as those of adopted children. Their desire for a biological connection to their biological father/mother is no less than the same desire of adoptees. Not only do I have a copy of this book but my son and his donor sister (or as we refer to her...his sister) each have a copy of the book at their respective universities and both are planning to incorporate the info into a research paper next semester. I think it will be wonderful for others to be exposed not only to their open and positive attitudes towards their conception but also to the facts and info shared in "Finding Our Families." Thank you Wendy Kramer and Naomi Cahn for finally writing this helpful and honest book. Thank you for having the insight and courage to address all of the tough questions, concerns and curiosity surrounding donor families. It's been a long time coming and I know it's going to change many lives for the better.
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A Comprehensive Guide with Lots of Heart 3. Dezember 2013
Von Susan Frankel - Veröffentlicht auf
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Finding Our Families is a must read for anyone in any part of a process related to donor insemination. Whether you've just opened the door to an idea about using donor sperm or your donor children are grown, this is a book for you. Comprehensive, thoughtful and full hearted, this book addresses the myriad of issues that can arise in donor families.

It is an inclusive, sensitive map to guide anyone touched by the joys and complexities of donor insemination. The authors pull from the amazing anecdotal work Kramer has done, as well as research she's spearheaded in this arena. Three cheers for this groundbreaking work and may it reach a professional audience, as well as the families they write about.

Susan Frankel, MFT (Marriage, Child and Family Therapist)
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Excellent Resource for Donor-Conceived and Adoptive Families 4. Februar 2014
Von Caitlin Martin - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an important books for adoptive as well as donor-conceived people and their families. Finding Our Families very sensitively approaches some of the concerns parents have about telling their children about donor conception, as well as the impact of withholding such information from the child. Chapters address the decision whether to search for egg- and sperm-donors, when to search, and how to manage expectations. One chapter is essentially a how-to guide, addressing multiple different ways to search for donors, and even including possible sample language to use in seeking information and in making contact. Finding Our Families offers sensible approaches of ways to contact “unsuspecting” donors. The book is packed with empirical information from behavioral studies of donors. Finally, the book addresses relationship issues that can arise after contact is made. Finding Our Families is a superb resource for finding and building relationships with larger family networks of many kinds.
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A terrific resource that takes a stand against forced anonymity 10. Dezember 2013
Von BARRY STEVENS - Veröffentlicht auf
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WIth the Donor Sibling Registry, Wendy Kramer and her son Ryan performed an essential and revolutionary service, by giving members of far-flung "donor" families the opportunity to find each other. Now, Wendy and co-author Naomi Cahn have written Finding Our Families, a much-needed guide for the offspring of sperm or eggs from usually anonymous providers, as well as their parents and even the providers themselves. This book is clear, straightforward and will be immensely useful for the vast and growing numbers of "donor"-conceived families. Aided by the testimony of parents and offspring from the DSR, Kramer and Cahn walk you through how to search for missing biological relatives, how to communicate with them and how to manage the challenges in the strange landscape which offspring like myself find ourselves. The authors make recommendations for policy changes in the USA, and refreshingly, come out strongly against anonymity and in favour of our having the right to know who we come from. - Barry Stevens, Canadian filmmaker (Offspring and Bio-Dad.)
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A fascinating exploration of the challenges, complexities and joys of donor-conceived families. 3. Dezember 2013
Von Diane Beeson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Finding Our Families is a stunningly honest and sensitive introduction to the challenges, complexities and joys faced by donor-conceived persons and their family members as they explore new forms of kinship. Inspired by the personal experience of Wendy Kramer, founder of the Donor Sibling Registry, in raising her donor-conceived son, Ryan, this fascinating book will expand readers’ appreciation of the complexities and responsibilities of childrearing. It will make clear why Kramer and her co-author, family law expert, Naomi Cahn believe honesty, including about donor conception, is at the heart of “the sacred responsibility of parenthood.”

Without privileging biological connections over social relations, this book draws on the experiences of thousands of donor-conceived offspring and their family members to illustrate that there is much to be gained by all participants from acknowledging the unique genetic history of these offspring. Lifting the veil of secrecy not only can provide more complete medical information and enlarge extended family networks, but as the authors compellingly demonstrate, it can strengthen both the roots and the wings that the best parents are able to provide for their children. Even for those without a close connection to donor conception this book provides a fascinating exploration of how developments in human reproduction are redefining family.- Diane Beeson, Professor Emerita (Sociology), California State University, East Bay
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