The Known Donor Project

​We are a team of researchers from Smith College led by Hannah Karpman, PhD, MSW, a professor at the Smith School of Social Work. The Known Donor Project is a study of families who used friends, family members, or acquaintances (known donors) to conceive their children. We interviewed families made up of lesbian, bisexual, and queer mothers and gender-nonconforming parents, single or partnered, who have conceived children using a known donor.

We are interested in your choices, negotiations, struggles, relationships, and joys. Popular narratives surrounding known donor families aren’t always accurate, and we are interested in hearing your story and painting a real picture of known donor families. We recognize that there are both joyous and challenging aspects of this experience, and we want to hear stories of all kinds. 


At this point in the study, we are not accepting new participants. We are deeply involved in the analysis and writing process, and will have findings to share with the community soon! 


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