What to expect from our ID release programme
Providing donor-conceived individuals with identifying information about their donor is just one part of our actions to provide support for individuals seeking more information about their background while respecting the rights of the donor.
Initial support session
Once we have verified the kinship between the donor-conceived person and the donor, we sit down with the donor-conceived person to talk through their thoughts about learning the identity of the donor.
Some people don't know at this point whether they want to find out who their donor is. Perhaps they have other questions or they just want to explore their options. We have trained professionals on staff to explain the identity release process and help the donor-conceived person process their thoughts on the topic, so they can decide what's right for them.
The session takes place online or at one of our offices.
The donor profile
Some donor-conceived people have little information about their donor apart from basic physical facts like height, hair and eye colour - if even that. As part of the identity release programme, we give donor children a copy of their donor's profile.
The donor profile is a lengthy document that offers a comprehensive look at each donor, giving children the chance to get to know their donor better.
The profile includes information about the donor's background and family, medical history as well as his hobbies and personal values. Many profiles also include a baby photo and handwritten note from the donor.
The rules applying in your country
The laws governing donor conception differ across countries. That means that the specifics surrounding the release of identifying information about the donor differ, too. Typically, the donor-conceived person can learn the identity of their donor at age 18.
The country in which the child was born determines what information is available and when it can be obtained.
Below is a brief summary of the terms that apply in some European countries (please check with your local authority for full details). If a country has a donor register, the donor-conceived person can acquire the identity of their donor through the authorities. But note that donor children are typically able to get more information about their donor from us.