Children conceived by donor insemination may want to learn more about their donors as a way of exploring more about themselves. Providing offspring with the option to contact their donor when they reach adulthood can be an important factor in realizing that goal.
In response to requests from patients, we are pleased to offer the ID program on a select group of donors. These donors are designated by ‘ID’ under the donor number on the donor search.
ID donors are sperm donors who agree to be contacted by offspring who were conceived with their samples. This is after the offspring reach the age of 18. Fairfax Cryobank offers ID donors: donors who have signed a contract with us that they agree to have contact information shared with the offspring when the offspring reaches the age of 18.
Other sperm banks have ID programs and may not release donor names and contact information. Here are the questions you need to ask when selecting an ID donor at a sperm bank:
- Will my donor’s identity and contact information be released when my child turns 18 years old?
- Does the donor have the option to change his mind later in life (about being an ID donor)?
- Will you provide my child with the donor’s contact information when my child contacts you or do you mediate contact with the donor?
- What specific information will my child receive when he/she contacts you?
Fairfax Cryobank answers those questions:
- Fairfax Cryobank will release the donor’s contact information provided to us by the donor to a child from that donor’s sperm once the child turns 18 years of age (as long as the child’s birth was registered using our Birth Registration Form).
- Once a donor opts to become an ID donor, our contract states he will remain an ID donor and have his contact information released to any of his adult offspring.
- Fairfax Cryobank believes that offspring should be given the opportunity to contact an ID donor him or herself; therefore, we will release the donor’s contact information to the adult offspring (as long as the child’s birth was registered), we do not mediate contact. The contract between Fairfax Cryobank and the ID donor provides for this.
- When your child turns 18 years of age, Fairfax Cryobank will release the donor’s full name, date of birth, last known telephone number(s), email address, physical address, and other contact information that the donor previously agreed to release and previously provided to Fairfax Cryobank. We ask the ID donor to update his contact information on a yearly basis.
Other sperm banks may state that they have ID donors; however, they may either make the sharing of information voluntary on the part of the donor when the time comes, or they will interact with the donor on the offspring’s behalf and not release his name and contact information. Offspring could call one of these other sperm banks at the age of 18 and not receive the donor’s name and/or contact information.
ID donors agree to allow Fairfax Cryobank to share contact information with any registered offspring, 18 or older, conceived by donor insemination with their semen specimen. Adult registered offspring will be the ONLY individual(s) with the authority to request contact information and to have access to the contact information.
Contact information is defined as the ID Donor’s full name, date of birth, last known telephone numbers and addresses.
Parents, offspring, and Donors understand that the ID program is not intended to create family relationships between the ID Donor and their offspring. Yet the opportunity to one day contact their donor offers an empowering choice that offspring can now make once they reach adulthood.
- Make sure that the donor you wish to purchase is designated as an ‘ID’ donor on the donor search
- ID Donor availability is limited and subject to change at any time
- Orders must ship out within 30 days or be placed into storage
- When your child is born, complete the Identity (ID) Birth Registration Form
Our goal is to provide the highest quality donor semen with the exceptional customer service you expect from us. We look forward to being of service to you.