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The New KinshipConstructing Donor-Conceived Families$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772034

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772034.001.0001

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(p.61) 4 Creating Communities across Families

(p.61) 4 Creating Communities across Families

(p.61) 4 Creating Communities across Families
The New Kinship

Naomi Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter explores how people find out that they are donor conceived, and why and how people search for other members of their donor families to form donor-conceived family communities (or kin networks). It also reviews the research on donor-created communities, which reveals the varying levels and types of connection among families. Individuals who are connected through the same donor, but who do not share dependencies or a home, search for one another for various reasons. Once they find each other, they may develop emotional ties that resemble those of other familial structures. As the number of families that owe their existence to reproductive technology increases, those families are transcending the boundaries of the nuclear family and voluntarily creating larger kin networks. So far, the law has provided little support.

Keywords:   donor families, family communities, kinship, donor-created communities, donor-conceived families, family connections

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