We have now launched our new ONLINE Preparation for Parenthood workshops for both single women and heterosexual couples. Our first workshops ran in June and were full. More dates are being released, please check in the individual sections below. Althernatively, please register your interest in attending a future online workshop by filling in the booking form. Telling & Talking online workshops are launching in September and are booking up quickly.
Preparing for Future Parenthood Workshops - for heterosexual couples
Designed for those thinking about using donor conception to create their families, or those who have decided for sure to use this route but would like an opportunity to think through the implications before going ahead.
Preparing for Future Parenthood Workshops - for single women
Designed for single women thinking about using donor conception to create their families, or those who have decided for sure to use this route but would like an opportunity to think through the implications before going ahead.
Preparing for Future Parenthood 1-2-1 sessions - for lesbian couples
Designed for lesbian couples thinking about using donor conception to create their families, or those who have decided for sure to use this route but would like an opportunity to think through the implications before going ahead.
Telling and Talking Workshops (for parents of children 0-7yrs)
Designed for those who already have children conceived this way and who want to explore different ways to talk to their young children about their origins.
Telling and Talking Workshops (for parents of children 8-12yrs)
Designed for those who already have started telling their children about how they were conceived and would like to explore the sort of topics that come up as children grow up and start having questions of their own.
DC Network Children's Activities/Groups
At our national conferences (normally April and October) we offer a group for donor conceived children aged 8-12yrs, or non-donor conceived siblings in this age bracket. We also have a creative session called 'What Makes Me, Me?' that we currently run about our conferences and which is suitable for 8-15yr olds.
National Family Conferences
DC Network holds two national member conferences a year, one in London in the Spring and one out-of-London in the Autumn. The conferences offer a chance for members to meet in small groups to discuss personal issues, as well as the opportunity to hear personal stories and talks from expert speakers. We normally offer our Children's Group (see section above) at our conferences. These are half-day workshops for donor conceived children or siblings of donor conceived children aged between 8 and 12yrs.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our next conference which was due to be held on 18th April in London. We will let members know as soon as we have news on when our next one will be.
DCN Member Support Groups
We have groups for sub groups within the network to support families in specific situations. For example, we have a group for solo mums, lesbians, older mums and those who have used a family member as a donor.
DC Network volunteers organise local events and meetings around the country. To see a list of our DCN local groups you will need to become a member. Members can see full details of our groups and events by logging in and going to the Local Groups section of the website in the members-only menu on the right. If we don't have a group near you, you could start one. We have lots of things we can do to support you in getting a new group up and running. Contact us by phone or email to find out if there is a local group near you.
Workshops for Professionals
Making It Real: Translating assisted conception with donor gametes into real family life
Do you work with recipients of donor gametes (with or without surrogacy), or with donor conception families?
This workshop will deepen your own understanding of the ways in which creating a child using eggs, sperm or embryos from a third party, including with surrogacy, is different from standard fertility treatments. We look at how best to help people understand from the outset the lifetime implications for the child and for all family members. Attendance at this workshop will inform your policy and practice in helping you support your clients and patients in making decisions that are right for their future.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our mailing list to get notification of our next workshop date.