ID Option Egg Donor Program
Children conceived by the use of donor eggs may want to learn more about their donors as a way of exploring more about themselves. Providing offspring with the option to contact their donor when they reach adulthood can be an important factor in realizing that goal. In response to requests from patients, Fairfax EggBank is pleased to offer the ID Option program on a select group of egg donors.
Who is an ID Option donor?
An ID Option egg donor is a 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 he or she requests the information.
How can I tell which donors participate in the ID Option program?
These donors are designated by “ID” after the donor number in the egg donor database on our website. Below is an example:
What’s the difference between the Anonymous Donor program and the ID Option?
Our Anonymous Donor program and ID Option Donor program are distinct; our anonymous donors will not be allowed to become ID Option donors, but the ID Option donor may be used as either an ID Option donor or an anonymous egg donor.
Can a donor change her mind about the program she chooses?
Once a donor chooses to become an ID Option egg donor she will remain an ID option donor. She will not have the option to become an anonymous donor after committing to the ID Option program. The recipient can, however, choose to use her donor as an anonymous donor by NOT registering the birth.
What information is shared in the ID Donor program? With whom is it shared?
ID Option egg donors agree to allow Fairfax EggBank to share contact information with registered offspring, 18 or older. Adult registered offspring will be the ONLY individual(s) with the authority to request contact information and to have access to the contact information. If the registration process has not been completed, no information will be released.
Contact information is defined as the ID Option donor’s full name, date of birth, last known telephone number and address.
To protect patient confidentiality, donors cannot access the names of offspring and their parents through Fairfax EggBank.
What if a patient chooses an ID option donor, but wishes to use the donor as an anonymous donor? When does the birth need to be registered?
Does an ID Option donor have any legal rights or obligations?
As with our anonymous donors, ID Option donors will have no legal relationship, rights, or obligations to any offspring born using their donated eggs. Parents, offspring and donors understand that the ID Option program is not intended to create family relationships between the ID Option Donor and their offspring. Yet, the opportunity to one day contact their donor offers an empowering choice that offspring can now make once they reach adulthood.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about our ID Option Program, please contact us.