Who Are We For?

Everyone’s donor conception journey is different, but we all share something in common. Whether you are married, cohabiting, single, separated, divorced, lesbian, gay, transgender, disabled, from a particular religion or faith outlook, you will find a welcome in the Network, and probably someone you may want to contact.

In the Network we have around 1200 heterosexual couples, some thinking about using donor conception and many with children. We have around 600 single women who plan to have or already have children on their own through donor conception and a slightly smaller group of lesbian couples and families.

Wherever we have come from and whatever our background as parents or potential parents, our focus is on trying to ensure that the environment in which our children grow up as donor conceived individuals is the best it can be.

We know that extended families and friends often have complicated feelings about their relatives using donor conception so we  welcome the participation of mums, dads, brothers and sisters and close friends.

In 2013 DC Network celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Many children of our early members have grown up during this time and are now adults with their own perspectives on their status as donor conceived people.  We welcome their involvement in all aspects of our work and also that of donor conceived adults whose parents have not been members.

Professionals in fertility medicine, counselling, psychotherapy, social work, teaching and other areas where they may have contact with those needing donor conception or with donor conceived people, are welcome as members and browsers of our services and resources.  We hope you find them valuable and that you will have the confidence to refer families to us.