What are some of the things I should consider before applying for information about my donor or donor-conceived siblings?
Before you request information about your donor or donor-conceived siblings or decide to contact them, you may want to think about the following:
What are you expecting to find out? Will you be disappointed, for example, if your donor has left very little information?
There is also a small chance that the donor you thought was anonymous has chosen to now be identifiable. If so, would you consider getting in contact with your donor?
Have you got expectations about the number of donor-conceived genetic siblings you have? 10 different families are able to use the same donor and have a number of children each, so it's possible that you could have over 20 donor-conceived genetic siblings. It's also possible that you have none.
Are you prepared for the fact that your donor or donor-conceived siblings may have very different lifestyles, attitudes and opinions to you? How would you feel if that was the case?
What if your donor or donor-conceived siblings want to meet your family or have a closer relationship with you? How will you handle that if it’s not something you’re expecting?