Who Are We?

An overview

Who are DC Network?

DC Network is a charity offering information, support and community to donor conception families and prospective families. It was started in 1993 by five families with children conceived with the help of sperm donation. They decided, against the advice of the day, to be honest with their children about how they were conceived. They wanted to come together to break the isolation felt by so many using donor conception and support each other in their decision to be open.

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Background

In 1982, having worked for ten years in Family Planning I was asked to set up a clinic for conceiving with the help of donated sperm within the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Jessop Hospital in Sheffield. At that time I knew nothing about the technique or its implications. My husband, Ian, head of the department, had for many years been researching female infertility and was keen to have a closer look at males, both fertile and infertile. An AID clinic (Artificial Insemination with Donor as it was called then) would give him an ideal opportunity.

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Who are we for?

Who does DC Network support?

Everyone’s donor conception journey is different, but we all share something in common.

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What do we do?

We provide support, community, information and resources

Our aim it to be an authoritative and non judgemental space offering informaton, support, community and resources to anyone involved in donor conception, whether personally or professionally. We offer a range of services and resources to help people with decision-making and any issues relating to donor conception. We also aim to represent donor conception families in the wider world.

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Our mission statement

Our vision is a society where a climate of openness and understanding about donor conception enables people considering it to make informed decisions and helps build families who are confident, accepted and have a secure identity.

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Governance

We are governed by trustees who are elected annually by the membership at the AGM. The trustees elect a chair from amongst themselves.

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Constitution

Our founding document states the fundamental principles that govern all the operations of a charity institution.

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