world, many children are conceived through assisted reproductive
techniques. This raises the issue of whether to disclose this information
to family, friends, and most importantly, the child. There is much
controversy as to whether it is a child's right to know his or her
genetic heritage. This delicate issue of disclosure needs to be
decided by parents; especially as science and medicine continue
to delve into the genetic inheritance of disease.
be very difficult for parents to know how and when to disclose this
information. They may delay telling their child because they don't
know how to broach the subject, the time never seems right, or they
may be afraid of their child's reaction. Some literature shows there
may be a real advantage to giving information regarding conception
to a child at a young age. This prevents the emotional upset that
could occur if a child accidentally discovers or is told later in
life that he or she was conceived in an alternative way. It is especially
devastating to find out as an adult that one or both of your parents
are not genetically related to you. Adults told later in life often
feel hurt, angry, and betrayed.
available from X,
Y, and Me, are
written to be used as a tool by parents who wish to disclose this
information to their child from the beginning. This information
can then be given in a factual, non-emotional, matter-of-fact way.
By reading these books to a child from infancy through early childhood,
the child then develops a progressive understanding and grows up
knowing "no differently". It is our hope that these books
will be helpful to parents as they deal with this delicate, but
very real, issue.
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