The California Cryobank, Inc., in attempting to address the issues and concerns about rights to privacy and confidentiality with real and legitimate needs on the part of the child to know about his or her biological heritage, has developed a "Policy of Openness" which states:
We have never destroyed patient or donor files and plan to keep the information indefinitely.
If, at the age of eighteen or older, the child of a recipient requests additional information about the genetic father, we will make all reasonable efforts to supply that information either from our records or by attempting to contact the donor.
While we are NOT opposed in principal to breaking anonymity between the donor and the adult (or near adult) child, we feel it must be by mutual consent of both parties.
We do not believe the sperm donor or mother should be asked today how they might feel about such a sensitive and complex issue 15-30 years from now.
We are obligated by mutual agreements to maintain the anonymity and privacy of both the sperm donor and recipient. The only exception to this would be by mutual consent of both the donor and the offspring.