Where did we come from:
DonorChildren.com was started in 2013 by a sperm ‘donor’ conceived adult, Matt Doran, who realized that ‘donor’ conceived people along with their social & biological-genetic parents/’donors’ needed better community and resources to make connections. By day DonorChildren’s founder is a rocket scientist / engineer. Matt discovered the truth of his conception at the age of 25 and it rocked his world. He finds pleasure/healing in helping others find support and their missing biological family. Matt was born out of the 1980’s when ‘donors’ were often university medical students and anonymity was the standard practice across the board. Through DNA and two years of research Matt was able to find his biological father and family. He also discovered he is one of suspected 500+ siblings from a man by the name of Kristopher Kip Wendler, whose alias was “Dr. Papa” and was part of a 1992 Hard Copy national news story called Offspring of Sperm Donors produced by KNBC in Los Angeles, CA and airing on April 6, 1992. Wendler sold his sperm for nearly a decade at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Inseminations were performed by Dr. William J. Cameron. Matt will continue searching for his half-siblings the rest of his life.
The motivation behind DonorChildren stems from the limited online groups and registries that existed were either very costly or very scattered across the internet. Expiring memberships create a community where people cannot connect because of financial strain and communication breakdown. Why should meeting other people in the ‘donor’ community cost someone anything? ‘Donor’ conceived people or sperm/egg/embryo/surrogate ‘donors’ should not be charged money to know their biological family…we believe that is a basic human right! Despite what is lacking in regards to resources for the ‘donor’ community we believe everyone should exhaust every group, registry, and database that exists on the web. It is important that as ‘donors’ and ‘donor’ conceived people that we make ourselves easily searchable which unfortunately means being a bit scattered. We hope to change that some with our central focus to create a worldwide organized community. It is our goal to provide you with a home and community as well as resources that help you connect quickly with your biological parents/children, fellow DCP’s, fellow parents of DCP’s, and/or fellow ‘donors’. We also believe this should be a free resource to it’s members. Some of us are tired of being profited on by the third party assisted reproduction technology (3PR/ART) industry. A way you can support us is by putting up with some advertisements, purchase your DNA tests through our links, buy our products from our Store, and choosing to donate to our project to help support the maintenance & development of this member driven community.
Prior to finding his paternal family and launching DonorChildren he was featured on a pilot TV series on VH1 called Swab Stories. Here are a couple clips from the show featuring Matt as well as half-brother members dbrow231 and ishould.
Where are we going:
We are the first worldwide social network for ‘donor’ conceived people, sperm/egg/embryo/surrogate ‘donors’, and parents of DCP’s. We have registry functions within your profile fields and on our Members page using the Advanced Search Form that you will want to check out.
Our goals include: offering Resources and educating members of external resources; connecting DCP’s to each other and their biological-genetic relatives; connecting DCP parents to one another; and building a sperm/egg/embryo/surrogate ‘donor’ community.
We are centralizing information that each member gathers in their search for family and building an active and changing community. There are so many scattered resources online making the search process diluted…we want to be a resource hub to simplify things. Please check out our Resources page where you’ll find all the known available ‘donor’ community resources that exist. We have donor conceived centered surveys and petitions that will be useful demographic information for publication and research. We will not exile or sensor our members. You can expect a democratic community, voice, and safe place to share your unique story and perspective.
WE DO NOT WANT TO BE AN INACTIVE REGISTRY…we believe connections can be made exponentially faster by utilizing modern social networking tools and if we abstain from expiring subscription-based memberships that build communication walls and limit accessibility due to finances. We hope to be a vibrant community partnering with others in the ‘donor’ community abroad. Please join and get involved in the Groups and Forums!
Thanks for joining us!