FairFax EggBank

Selecting An ID Option Donor

You might be interested in selecting an ID Option donor if you’d like to give your future child the potential to connect with her/his donor. Select donors consent to Fairfax EggBank sharing their contact information with any child conceived through their eggs, once the child reaches adulthood.

What are the Benefits of Choosing an ID Option Donor?

Children conceived by the use of donor eggs may want to learn more about their donors as a way of exploring more about themselves—this curiosity is natural. Providing donor-conceived children with the option to contact their donor offers a choice for these children once they reach adulthood. 

“The most important part of the equation here is that you are not withholding important pieces of your child’s history from them. Your willingness to give them what they need, as you determine what is appropriate for them at different stages, is more important than your exact answers,” Carole Lieber Wilkins, M.A., M.F.T., a therapist and specialist in infertility and family building.  

Using frozen donor eggs from a non-ID Option donor or an ID Option Donor is an extremely personal decision. Having more options is empowering for everyone involved. At Fairfax EggBank, we are very pleased to be able to offer both options. 

Who Is An ID Option Donor?

An ID Option Donor is an egg donor who agrees to allow us to release her identity and contact information to the donor-conceived child, once that child reaches the age of 18 and s/he requests the information.

Donors who choose this option receive additional counseling by a mental health professional to understand the implications of being an ID Option Donor.

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Identifiying ID Option Donors?

These donors are designated by “ID” as part of their donor number in the egg donor database on our website.

ID is included as part of the donor ID as 1234ID, or if the ID option donor is also a carrier of a known genetic condition, her number will appear as 1234IDC.

You can use the “Search By Criteria” tool in the egg donor database to find those who have chosen to be ID option donors.

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Should I Choose an ID Option Donor?

Whether or not you choose an ID Option donor is entirely up to you. When choosing a donor, many intended parents do not think about ID versus Non-ID donors from the start.

The ID Option program is not intended to create family relationships between ID Option donors and children conceived using their donated eggs. Egg donors, whether ID Option or non-ID Option, have no legal relationship, rights, or obligations.

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Register a Birth

Did you have a baby using a Fairfax EggBank ID Option Donor? Congratulations!! In order for your child to receive identifying information about the donor when s/he is 18 years of age, you MUST complete and submit the ID Option Birth Registration Form to Fairfax EggBank after your child is born. We require a Birth Registration form for each child. Merely using eggs from an ID Option donor does not allow access to the identifying information. If you choose not to register your child, the donor will remain unidentified and your child will not be able to access identifying information once s/he reaches 18 years of age or older.


What Information is shared in the Fairfax EggBank ID Option Program?

ID Option Donors agree to allow Fairfax EggBank to share contact information with the registered donor-conceived child, 18 or older. The information that is shared includes the ID Option Donor’s full name, date of birth, last known telephone number and address.

Registered donor-conceived children will be the ONLY individuals with the authority to request and access contact information upon reaching 18 years of age.

Recipients who choose an ID Option Donor will need to register the birth in order for the ID option program to be activated. If the registration process has not been completed, no information will be released.

Will the ID Option Donor learn any information about children conceived from their eggs?

To protect recipient confidentiality, donors cannot access the names of donor-conceived children and their parents through Fairfax EggBank.

When does the birth need to be registered?

Once a donor-conceived child by an ID Option Donor is born, parents may choose if they want to register their child and can postpone that decision until the child reaches the age of 18.

Can Non-ID donors become ID Option Donors?

Our Non-ID Donor program and ID Option Donor program are distinct; When donors make a decision to enter into the ID Option Donor program, this is a commitment. ID Option donors cannot become Non-ID Option donors, but the intended parents can decide if an ID Option Donor may be used as either an ID Option Donor or a Non-ID egg donor.

What if I choose an ID Option Donor, but prefer that she be a Non-ID donor?

As long as you don’t register the birth, the ID option program won’t be activated. Please keep in mind that with ancestry tools available through genetic testing, complete anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Can a donor change her mind about the program she chooses?

Once a donor chooses to become an ID Option Donor she will remain an ID Option Donor. She will not have the option to become a Non-ID donor after committing to the ID Option program. The recipient can, however, choose to use her donor as a Non-ID donor by NOT registering the birth. Non-ID Option donors may discuss their status with their coordinator if they choose to become ID Option donors. Once a donor becomes an ID Option donor, that cannot be reversed.

Can I register more than one birth on the same form?

You must register each child born of an ID Option donor egg with a separate form.

Does an ID Option donor have any legal rights or obligations?

As with our Non-ID Option donors, ID Option Donors have no legal relationship, rights, or obligations to any donor-conceived children born using their donated eggs. Parents, donor-conceived children and donors understand that the ID Option program is not intended to create family relationships between the ID Option Donor and their donor-conceived children. It simply empowers the donor-conceived children with an opportunity to contact their donor should they decide to once they reach adulthood.

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