When choosing a sperm donor, you may want to think about your future child’s ability to communicate with their donor when they are an adult. Our different sperm donor types include Anonymous, Open to Communication, and ID Disclosure. If you personally know someone who you want to be your exclusive donor, you can use our Directed Donor services. Here’s more information on each type of sperm donor.
Anonymous Sperm Donors
Anonymous sperm donors have not agreed to any contact with offspring, but it’s possible they may be open to communication in the future.
Donor offspring must be at least 18 years old in order to request communication or more information about their donor. Parents, recipients, or donors cannot initiate any communication.
Open to Communication Sperm Donors
Open to Communication sperm donors have agreed to a minimum of one communication with offspring who are at least 18 years old. The type of communication will be based on what both the donor and donor-conceived adult agree upon. We will facilitate the communication and will not break anonymity unless both parties request it. Communication may include an email, written letter, phone conversation, or face-to-face meeting.
Please note: There may be situations outside of our control that prevent any communication with the donor from happening.
How To Request Communication With A Sperm Donor:
Request for communication can only be made by offspring who are at least 18 years old. Parents, recipients, or donors cannot initiate any contact.
1. The donor-conceived adult must submit a written request. Please include the donor number and parent’s name. We may need additional information to verify the identity of the offspring and the parent or recipient.
2. After all information is verified, we will contact the donor informing him of the request. If the donor is anonymous, he will decide if he is open to communication.
3. Both the donor-conceived adult and the donor will be able to decide on the type of communication in which they want to engage.
4. After one communication, the donor is not obligated to additional communication. However, the donor and the donor-conceived adult can continue communicating if it is mutually desired.
ID Disclosure Sperm Donors
If you choose an ID Disclosure sperm donor, your future child can request the donor’s identifying information when they turn 18 years old. This information may include: donor’s full name, donation location, last known address, or email.
ID Disclosure Guidelines
- Donors will be notified of the information request. They will have 30 days to respond to us. We will give the donor’s identifying information to the donor-conceived adult if the donor does not respond within 30 days.
- The donor may ask us to facilitate an anonymous communication with the donor-conceived adult before we release his identifying information.
We reserve the right to deny access to the donor’s identifying information if the donor offspring does not agree to our guidelines.
If you know someone that you would like to be your donor, this is called a Directed Donor or Known Donor. These donors require a screening process that is similar to our donor screening process. We can complete this screening process for you. Learn more on our Directed Donors page.