Knowing Your Dad Is a Pretty Big Deal

In the U.S., an estimated 30,000 children are born each year that were conceived through sperm donation. The Commission on Parenthood’s Future, a think tank dedicated to family studies recently authored a research project investigating the impact on young adults that were conceived through donor sperm as compared to adopted children or those born to biological parents.

The study found that young adults who were conceived through sperm donation exhibit higher rates of confusion, isolation, depression, delinquency and substance abuse than those who were raised by their biological parents.

Two-thirds of the donor-conceived adults agreed with the statement “My sperm donor is half of who I am.”

More than half said that when they see someone who resembles them, they wonder if they are related, while nearly half said they have feared being attracted to or having sexual relations with someone to whom they are unknowingly related.

We aren’t making this post to denigrate sperm donor artificial insemination. Those are deeply personal decisions to be made between a husband and wife. We at OFC believe every married couple wanting a child should have that opportunity, including using technology.

The point we view as poignant is the importance of knowing your father. In an ideal world, every child would be raised by a loving mother and father. Short of that, as this study seems to allude, even knowing who your father is significantly contributes to child’s overall well being.

You can learn more here: The Study

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