Annie

I grew up in a Pastor’s home and I am the youngest of four children. The summer before first grade, my family moved from California to Northern Idaho. We moved into a beautiful tri-level 5-bedroom home in a great neighborhood. That would be my home and haven till my...

Elizabeth Howard – Part 2

Dear Dad Happy Father’s Day! How amazing it feels to be able to think of you on this day. For the first time in my life, I know who you are. I know your name. I know what you look like. I am sorry you don’t know about me. I’m sorry you don’t want to know of my...

Elizabeth Howard – Part 1

The film Delivery Man, about a sperm donor who unwittingly fathers more than 500 children, was panned by the critics. Its cloying sentimentality, clumsy symbolism and implausible plot certainly grate; but for me, as a donor-conceived adult, it is important that the...

Ginger

I was born to a teenage mother. According to her siblings, and even my grandmother, my birth father loved my mother very much. I heard stories over the years of how much he loved and wanted to marry her. My mother never lied in my younger years about who my birth...

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Heather G

I grew up with divorced grandparents.  When my parents divorced I felt double the shame. I remember clearly the day my mum announced she was leaving us. It was the day before her birthday and my little sister's 6th birthday was two days later. Dad said "Your Mum has a...

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Pamela

My situation was unique in that my alcoholic mother and I lived with her parents until I was 8. I don't have many memories of my mother even though I shared a bedroom with her. I believe God was protecting me. I don't believe there was any physical abuse. Only...

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Nicholas Isel

My “anti-social” father passed away last year.  I only ever knew him as “Dad” throughout my childhood and wasn’t told by my mom that we weren’t biologically related until I reached the age of 15.  The first emotion I remember experiencing was a deep sense of relief.  ...

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Stories of Donor-Conceived Kids with Gay Parents- Why “family break-up” doesn’t explain their struggles.

“Am I the only one who feels this way? Am I a bad daughter because I wish I had a Dad? Is there anyone else who has 2 Moms or 2 Dads who wonders what it would be like if they were born into a normal family? Is ther anyone else who wants to be able to use the word normal without gettin a lecture on what is normal??? I dont know my real father and never will. Its weird but I miss him. I miss this man I will never know. Is it wrong for me to long for a father like my friends have?”

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Kathryn

My brother & I grew up without the presence of our father for most of our childhood. There were brief times we spent as a family of four, but those moments were few & far between. My mother eventually packed our bags when my father was at work one day, and we...

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Stephanie Blessing

Just a couple of weeks after my 32nd birthday, I found out that my parents used a sperm donor to conceive me. That was 8 years ago. I fell headlong into a dark pit of depression, unlike anything I’d ever experienced before.

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Maria

My parents divorced when I was eight.  At the time I had no idea that their marriage was struggling, though looking back there were signs.  In fact, the night they "told me" they took me out to eat and upon leaving the restaurant I put my arms around each of them and...

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John King

I was ten years old when my Mom told me she was a Lesbian. It’s amazing the things you take for granted, until one day, everything changes. Who knew, things like family dinners I thought were such a hassle would be so deeply missed. I suppose its human nature to take...

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Kathleen LaBounty

As an adult offspring of an anonymous sperm donor, I am telling pieces of my life story to provide the perspective of an offspring, to advocate for the needs of future offspring, and to expose relatively ignored complexities resulting from donor conception. My journey...

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