Information for families with donor-conceived children

Our Relative Strangers project explores how having children conceived using donor sperm or eggs affects family life.

We interviewed parents and grandparents of donor-conceived children about their experiences and heard many different stories. Just as these people shared their stories with us, we wanted to share what we have learned with other families.

This page is a collection of resources that we hope will be useful for families with (or considering) donor-conceived children.

It may also be of interest to groups working with these families, such as parents’ groups, fertility counsellors, family lawyers and health professionals.

Leaflets for parents and grandparents

Not every family has the same experience of donor conception and we found significant differences, for example, between the experiences of lesbian and heterosexual couples.

These leaflets address the main concerns we encountered from four different perspectives on donor conception:


Watch videos based on our research: