Florida Egg, Sperm, and Embryo Donation, Known or Anonymous Donation
...An open donation is considered important to some intended parents. Open donation allows for the ongoing development of a future relationship with the donor. This can be beneficial for an emotional reason and also for medical purposes, as it allows the parties to remain in communication in the event a genetic issue should arise in the future with the child or the donor. With any form of donation, it is imperative that the proper legal documentation is in place to make certain that the donor relinquishes any and all parental rights and that the intended parents assume any and all parental rights to the resulting child. It is essential to document this form of open communication in the parties’ contract. In this type of arrangement, the parties’ legal names are likely to be included on the donation contract.
While there are variations of partially known donations, generally this is an arrangement wherein the information shared between the intended parents and the donor is somewhat limited. As an example, the parties may decide they want to meet in person, but they do not want to exchange contact information or continue an open relationship. Thereafter, following the donation all future communication is performed through the clinic, agency, or donation bank. Assuming that the proper legal documentation is in place for the donation, the form of future communication between the intended parents and donor will be established in writing. In this type of arrangement, the parties’ legal names may be included on the donation contract or the parties may choose to sign the contract anonymously by an identification number assigned to the donor.
Anonymous donation is a closed form of donation where the intended parents do not communicate directly with the donor and do not have the donor’s name, but instead, identify the donor with an anonymous ID number. Any necessary communication between intended parents and the donor is channeled through the clinic, agency, or donor bank that serves as a middle man and provides any information needed regarding the genetic materials donated. An anonymous donation arrangement does not guarantee that the parties will forever remain anonymous to one another. Even though the parties do not share identifying information, with the power of the Internet and the ability to locate a person just based on a photo, there is always a chance that donors and intended parents can be located....