Intended Parent Evaluations2024-05-12T03:58:28+00:00

Support while on your family building journey

Intended Parent Consultation

Ferris supports intended parents as they process various decisions related to third-party reproduction. Consultation will include an overview of thoughtful questions, expectations, and information to help intended parents on their family-building journey.


Per 45 minute


Per 45 minute

Frequently asked questions

These FAQs provide a general overview of intended parent consultations, but keep in mind that each person’s experience will be different. It’s important to communicate openly with your therapist and ask any questions you may have throughout the therapy process.

Why is an intended parent consultation needed?2024-06-18T01:15:19+00:00

An intended parent consultation is important for several reasons:

    • Assessing mental and emotional readiness: Evaluating the psychological and emotional preparedness of individuals or couples for the challenges and responsibilities of parenthood.
    • Exploring expectations and motivations: Understanding the reasons for pursuing donor-assisted reproduction and ensuring realistic expectations about the process, outcomes, and potential challenges.
    • Supporting informed decision-making: Providing information, guidance, and support to help individuals or couples make informed decisions about donor selection, family-building options, and parenting goals.
    • Addressing potential concerns: Identifying any psychological, emotional, or relational factors that may impact the ability to parent or require additional support.
What is an intended parent consultation for donor recipients?2024-06-18T01:15:19+00:00

An intended parent consultation is a comprehensive assessment conducted by mental health professionals to evaluate the suitability and readiness of individuals or couples who are seeking to become parents through donor-assisted reproduction (e.g., egg donation, sperm donation).

Who conducts intended parent consultation?2024-06-18T01:15:19+00:00

Intended parent consultations are typically conducted by licensed mental health professionals with expertise in reproductive health, fertility counseling, and family dynamics. These professionals may include psychologists, counselors, social workers, or therapists trained in fertility-related issues.

What are common topics discussed during intended parent consultations?2024-06-18T01:15:19+00:00
  • Common topics discussed during intended parent consultations may include:
    • Motivations for pursuing donor-assisted reproduction
    • Emotional preparedness for parenthood
    • Coping strategies for fertility-related stress and challenges
    • Understanding of donor selection criteria and implications
    • Relationship dynamics and communication skills
    • Parenting expectations, values, and goals
    • Support systems and resources available
    • Legal and ethical considerations related to donor conception
How long does an intended parent consultation typically take?2024-06-18T01:15:19+00:00

The duration of an intended parent consultation can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, availability of information, and scheduling of appointments. Generally, the evaluation process may occur during one 60-75 minute session or span several sessions over a few weeks to thoroughly assess the individual or couple’s readiness and suitability for donor-assisted reproduction.

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