Our History And Mission
The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) was founded in 2000 to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. Without any outside support, the DSR has single-handedly pioneered a national discussion about the donor conception industry and families, with it’s many media appearances and interviews. DSR advocates for the right to honesty and transparency for donor kids, and for social acceptance, legal rights and valuing the diversity of all families.
The DSR’s core value is honesty, with the conviction that people have the fundamental right to information about their biological origins and identities. The donor conception industry is largely a for-profit enterprise, and after the “product” has been purchased, most doctors, clinics, egg donation agencies and cryobanks do not engage in discussions and activities which acknowledge the humanity and rights of the donor-conceived. It is our mission to bring these concepts to the public arena for discussion, as has been done in many European countries, as well as New Zealand and parts of Australia.
Since 2000, we have provided support and connection to all those in donor families, advocated for the rights of the donor conceived, and educated the general public through national media interviews and appearances about the issues, challenges and rights of the donor-conceived community.
Parents are sometimes not prepared for their children’s curiosity and desire to know more about their genetic background. In order to move out of the secrecy and shame that has for so long shrouded donor conception, the DSR will continue to educate parents, donors, and the general public on the importance of honoring and supporting their children’s natural drive to know more about their identity.
The DSR also ensures that the donor conceived have a safe place to search for their biological identities and to make these connections with their half-siblings and where possible, their donors as well.
Our goals for 2013 are to further expand media coverage of the donor-conceived community’s issues; to initiate academic partnerships for research and outreach; to continue outreach to the fertility industry, to keep our website current and provide a plethora of information and educational materials, and to to continue facilitating family connections. We will continue to think and dialog deeply, rigorously and critically about how to move the fertility industry forward in a more responsible manner- considering the needs and rights of donor conceived people.
“I have been collaborating with DSR over the past year on a research project designed to examine the feelings and experiences of donors, donor offspring and their parents. I have found DSR to be a highly professional organisation run by extremely committed people.”- Dr. Susan Golombok, University of Cambridge, UK