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Southwestern Ontario Donor Conception Support Network (SODCSN)

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Description

The Southwestern Ontario Donor Conception Support Network (SODCSN) exists to support all families using donor conception. We aim to help people make connections, normalize their experiences, and share/educate on how to help our donor-conceived children normalize their experience.

SODCSN is a support group for parents raising children conceived via donor conception, people conceived via donor conception, people considering starting a family with donor gametes, and gamete donors who have donated sperm or eggs to help others create families.

SODCSN was founded in 1997, and we serve the Southwestern Ontario region from Detroit and Windsor to Toronto and Buffalo. Attendees travel from communities in or near Cambridge, Chatham, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Owen Sound, Sarnia, Simcoe, Waterloo, and more.

Participation by sexual orientation/relationship-status averages about 33% single moms (of undisclosed sexual orientation), 50% heterosexual couples, and 10-15% LGBTQ parents (couples or single). By parental status, about 25-30% of participants are trying to become parents via donor-conception, and the remainder have or are expecting children conceived with at least one donor gamete and/or surrogacy.

Services & Activities
  • Support Group Meetings are held each Spring and Fall in both Toronto and London, Canada. Each meeting centers on peers sharing experiences and learning from each other. One meeting each year usually highlights a guest speaker from the medical, policy, or social work fields addressing latest insights into rearing donor-conceived children. These sessions are geared toward adult attendees and so no child-care is provided. 
  • The Summer Picnic is held each June in London. Families experiencing donor conception are encouraged to attend as a family. The kids enjoy playing games and the adults enjoy casual relax time with the kids and each other. Bring your own refreshments. Some games are usually provided.