Free Telephone Coaching Support Group
Adoption and Egg/Sperm/Embryo Donation
What You Need to Know When Considering
These Family Building Choices
Knowing when it's time to consider egg/sperm/embryo donation and/or adoption is never easy. Even more challenging for each person is coming to a decision about which of these family building options is right for you.
During this one-hour group conference call, you will receive information about:
- How to know when it is time to consider donation and/or adoption
- How to decide which option is right for you: looking at the pros and cons
- Knowing the medical/ psychological implications of each option
- The costs of adoption and donation
- What to do when partners are not in agreement
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share information that can help you move forward with your goals to have or complete your family.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WHERE: Telephone Conference Line (call-in information will be given at time of registration)
TIME: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
FACILITATORS: Patricia Mendell, LCSW and Carolyn Berger LCSW
Registration limited to the first 15 responders who also send information regarding their particular situation and any questions they would like addressed.
For further information and to register contact:
Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W. is a clinical social worker in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a current member of the board of The American Fertility Association (AFA) and its former Co-Chair, she has co-authored numerous AFA fact sheets including, Talking with Children about Ovum Donation and Sperm Donation. She is also a member of the AFA Mental Health Advisory Council. Patricia facilitates a monthly Family Building Network Support Group for families formed through assisted conception. She has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding the emotional impact of infertility, coping strategies and decision making in family building, including donation and surrogacy, disclosure and tools for talking about family origins, multi-fetal reduction and pregnancy loss. As a parent, infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, Patricia is well aware of the impact decision making choices have on people's lives as they seek to build their families and begin their new roles as parents.
Carolyn Berger, LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Westchester and at NY Fertility Services in Manhattan. She is Founding Board Chair of The American Fertility Association and Chair of its Adoption Advisory Council. She frequently counsels couples and individuals who are at the "fork in the road," trying to decide between more fertility options and adoption. She leads a group at The LGBT Center in Manhattan for individuals who are interested in learning more about their family building options. Carolyn is the parent of two sons, one through reproductive technology and the other through adoption. She is often asked to speak about "blended families."