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Donor Conception and Adoption: The importance of knowing about one's ancestry, family medical history, and close genetic relatives with Wendy Kramer

Monday, September 11, 2023
8:00 pm9:00 pm
Online Discussion

Donor Conception and Adoption: The importance of knowing about one's ancestry, family medical history, and close genetic relatives.

Wendy is the Co-Founder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). https://donorsiblingregistry.com/

The DSR was founded in 2000 with her donor-conceived son Ryan to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg, or embryo donation who are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. With more than 88,000 members in 105 countries, the DSR has helped to connect more than 25,000 of them with their half-siblings and/or their biological parents. Wendy has listened to, advised/consulted, and researched thousands of these parents, donors, donor-conceived people, and other donor family members.

Wendy has conducted many research studies on all donor family members and is a co-author of the resulting peer-reviewed papers published in Social Science and Medicine, Human Reproduction, Reproductive BioMedicine & Society, Facts, Views & Vision in OB/GYN, Reproductive BioMedicine Online (RBMOnline), Advances in Reproductive Sciences, Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Fertility and Sterility, The Journal of Family Issues, Children and Society, The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and more. She has contributed chapters to several books on donor conception and has reviewed abstracts for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and has been a peer reviewer for the journals Human Reproduction, RBMOnline, and Frontiers in Global Women's Health. https://indd.adobe.com/view/5e2442b5-7d8b-4e45-85ec-7ce08e30a659

Wendy was an Associate Producer for the 2011 Emmy-nominated documentary Sperm Donor and on the 2013 MTV News & Docs, six-part docu-series called Generation Cryo. In 2022 she published Counseling Donor Family Members: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals.

She co-wrote the book Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Families, wrote the children’s book Your Family: A Donor Kid’s Story, and authored the book Donor Family Matters: My Story of Raising a Profoundly Gifted Donor-Conceived Child, Redefining Family, and Building the Donor Sibling Registry. https://bookshop.org/p/books/finding-our-families-a-first-of-its-kind-book-for-donor-conceived-people-and-their-families-wendy-kramer/577450?ean=9781583335260

Wendy was married when she gave birth to her son Ryan in 1990, and in 1991 began to raise him as an only parent. Ryan has connected with his biological father (and grandparents) and knows of 24 half-siblings, so far. Wendy holds a B.A. in Communication Arts, has completed many postgraduate courses in counseling and psychology, is Mental Health First Aid certified, and is a monthly Psychology Today contributor. For more articles and books by Wendy, click here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/contributors/wendy-kramer