Donor conceived – how, when & why to tell the kids


Ahead of the Time to tell seminar we are joined by gay dads Michael & Terry who discuss their domestic surrogacy journey and the conversations with their children about where they came from. We are also joined by VARTA’s Donor Registers Service Manager Kate Bourne to discuss the upcoming seminar.

The Time to tell (6th Oct 2018) seminar provides tips on how, when and what to say to children, friends and family so that parents feel more confident about their story, and children can understand the unique way in which they came into this world.

Speakers include counsellors, parents from different families, donors and donor-conceived young people. You will gain insight and advice on all aspects of talking to children about becoming a family with the help of donated eggs, sperm embryos or a surrogate. Potential parents, parents, friends, family, donors and professionals are all welcome.

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) is a statutory authority funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples and health professionals on fertility and issues related to assisted reproductive treatment. This includes IVF, surrogacy and donor-conception.