The process of matching with Intended Parents begins the instant your profile is uploaded to our online database. As soon as your information is live, all intended parents currently seeking a donor will receive an email alerting them that a new donor has been uploaded.
Some donors find that they are selected in a matter of days or weeks from profile publication. Other donors will have a much longer wait. A longer wait in no way reflects your desirability as a donor. Intended Parents are often seeking very specific traits in their donor and can be very picky in their selection processes. We ask our donors to be patient as they wait to be chosen.
Once your donor profile has been chosen, you will receive an email from Growing Generations inquiring to any potential blackout dates you may have for retrieval. We ask that you respond to this email within 24 business hours. Once your availability has been accepted by the Intended Parents, you will be introduced to your Case Specialist. This person is a Growing Generations employee who will be with you for the rest of your donation process.
The next step is the screening and paperwork phase. Your first screening is a psychological screening that will typically be done over video conference. However, this screening may happen in person if you live in southern California. Once your results have been reviewed and accepted by the intended parents, you’ll move along to your medical screening.
The medical screening is typically completed in California, but may also happen at another fertility clinic. In most cases, this screening does require some travel. If you were unable to meet face to face with someone for your psychological screening, you will have the opportunity to meet someone face to face at this phase.
Finally, once both clearances have been issued, you’ll be given a legal referral. This allows the legal team to begin contacting you to draft the contracts between yourself and the intended parents. Once this contract is signed, you are considered matched and ready to move forward.
Please note that you will not be given information about the family who has chosen your profile. You will be allowed to ask about their family type (gay/straight, married/single) and if they reside internationally or within the United States, but that is all of the information that is typically shared. In rare cases, the intended parents may ask to meet you, usually over a video call. If this is the case, you will be compensated $250 for your time.
We like to stress to our donors the importance of providing quality photos in their online profiles. These images are the first look Intended Parents will have of you, and will thus play a large role in their first impressions. Clear, high quality photos are important. Equally important are well thought out answers to the essay question portion of your profile. Properly formatted grammar and appealing photos tend to help donor profiles be accepted more quickly.