My primary supervisor A/Prof Deb Dempsey and her colleague A/Prof Fiona Kelly recently launched their website for their Australian Research Council funded program of work called Families of Strangers? The Socio-legal Implications of Donor Linking. This project investigates the impact of donor linking – the process whereby donor-conceived people, donors and recipient parents access each other’s identity – on individual and familial identities and relationships. It builds on a lot of previous work that both Deb and Fiona have done, bringing their own unique lens as a lawyer and sociologist to these issues which are at the nexus of sociology, law, ethics, reproduction, rights and identity.
This project will uncover important insights about:
How donor linking frameworks are implemented, who is making applications, and their motivations for doing so
How reproductive technology professionals are engaged in the
management and disclosure of identifying and non-identifying information in clinical
How and why individuals engage in statutory and non-statutory donor linking
How they perceive its impact on family relationships and identities
Outcomes will shed light on how familial identities and relationships are managed, transformed or disrupted by statutory and non-statutory forms of donor linking, and will create insights and evidence for policy, services and law on donor-linking. You can follow the project on Facebook and Twitter too.
They’re currently calling for interview participants so if you’d like to share your story of donor-conception and making contact with a donor relative, then do get in touch with Charlotte who is working alongside Deb and Fiona, on: firstname.lastname@example.org You might be eligible to take part if you’re a donor-conceived adult, donor, or parent of a donor-conceived child and you’ve made contact. Charlotte will give you more info about the project.