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EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS

(held on the third or fourth Sunday of each month at noon pacific time)

We invite speakers from all over the world to discuss their areas of expertise on issues pertaining to misattributed parentage.

All RTK Webinars are recorded and later accessible to the public. RTK reserves the right to use the webinars for any purpose, including but not limited to promotional activities, educational awareness, news spots, documentaries, television programs, etc. If you wish to remain anonymous, please do not display your video or use your full name (you are still encouraged to ask questions by posting in the Zoom chat box and the moderator will read your question to the presenters).

Save the Dates

  • January 23rd – The State of Affairs in Assisted Conception with Diane Tober, Peter J Boni, and Dr. Damian Adams
  • February 20th – Forming Connection Through Your Heritage Language
  • March 20th –  Epigenetics and Implications for People with an MPE
  • April 17th – Navigating Unique Conceptions with Societal and Religious Norms

MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY & CONNECTION

(held on the first Sunday of each month at noon pacific time)

Join us to strengthen connections and community with a licensed therapist who will guide discussion focused on a misattributed parentage theme. 

These events are not recorded.

Save the Dates

  • Feb 6th with John Moyer, How to Come Back From Rejection
  • March 6th – TBD
  • April 3rd – TBD

STATE OF AFFAIRS IN ASSISTED CONCEPTION

Next Webinar: Sunday Jan 23rd, noon pm PST / 3:00 pm EST

An overview of the fertility industry and where we are today and the mental health impacts on donor-conceived people.

Diane is Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging and faculty at the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist with a focus on gender and sexuality, the commodification of the body, science and technology studies, bioethics, and social and reproductive justice. She has been conducting research exploring egg donors’ decisions and experiences within the global market for human eggs since 2013. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is comparing egg donation in the United States and Spain. She has conducted field research in Iran, Spain, and the United States.

Peter J. Boni credits his disruptive childhood, a state college education from [email protected], decorated on-the-ground service as a US Army Special Operations Team Leader in Vietnam, love of his family and friendship circle, plus luck-of-the-draw DNA with making him the person he has become today—an author, advocate, and fun-loving grandfather living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

During his accomplished business career, Peter has applied “lessons of leadership through adversity” from his life-altering experiences—themes found throughout his first book, All Hands on Deck.

In Peter’s new book Uprooted, he intimately shares his personal odyssey and acquired expertise to advocate for regulatory oversight of the multibillion-dollar reproductive industry that conceives hundreds of half-siblings from a single donor—children and adults who are unaware of the existence of their half-siblings.

Dr. Adams (PhD) is an adjunct researcher at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Australia, and has previously spent over 25 years working as laboratory scientist. His doctoral research investigated the welfare outcomes of donor-conceived people, the ethics of donor conception practice, and ART epidemiological outcomes. Dr Adams has published 12 peer-reviewed publications on donor conception which has involved the first ever systematic reviews of donor-conceived perinatal outcomes and the first study into the physical health outcomes of adult donor-conceived people. As a donor-conceived person himself, Dr Adams has additionally been involved in achieving legislative change in Australia, presented to the United Nations on donor conception at the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and has been interviewed on numerous television shows, radio, printed and online press.

SUNDAY, Feb 6TH NOON - 1:30 PST

TOPIC: How to come back from Rejection

I discovered my MPE status after my sister and I tested in 2019. The numbers were off and I realized that I had no matches on my birth certificate father’s side. I was mostly hurt that I would not be inheriting Dad’s longevity since he lived to be nearly 100 years old. My younger brother had died just a year earlier so my own mortality was on my mind when I decided to research my biological family history. I then realized that my mother had been an MPE as well, raised by her grandmother and never having a relationship with her own mother. That has helped me to understand the MPE experience with added depth. We had taken her family history for granted. I have since researched her family and discovered generations of trauma and loss that was passed down to me. That historical research has been most healing, as the strange feelings I had since childhood began to make more sense. I am currently working on a memoir tentatively titled “My Mother’s Ghosts.”
 
John is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.