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Random FamiliesGenetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin$
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Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888275.001.0001

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Parents Make Contact with Genetic Strangers

Parents Make Contact with Genetic Strangers

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Random Families

Rosanna Hertz

Margaret K. Nelson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how parents use the number assigned to the donor to begin locating others who purchased vials from the same donor. It explains the steps parents make to form connections with others: signing up on a registry at a bank or an independent registry; providing information allowing someone else to make contact; reaching out to someone who has left identifying information; creating or joining an existing Facebook group; participating actively by making posts or commenting on the posts of others; engaging in private communications with network members (e.g., by text or phone); and meeting others in person once or more. The chapter discusses the motivations parents have for making this contact and the strategies they develop to cope with the experience of being pioneers in a land populated by genetic strangers. It also discusses serendipitous encounters among parents who have relied on the same donor.

Keywords:   registry, Donor Sibling Registry, Facebook, sperm bank, motivation for making connection, serendipity, donor sibling, genetic stranger, technology, random families, network

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