Your Story. Your Hope. Community Help.
We connect people impacted by DNA surprises and misattributed parentage with licensed mental health professionals with experience working with these issues.
Our heart is to help anyone impacted by misattributed parentage experiences and surprise DNA discoveries. We understand shock, feelings of grief, abandonment, betrayal, identity crisis, shame, anxiety, and depression (to name a few..) that often manifest a DNA discovery. Our experience is that the community shares commonalities, but also differences.
Some people with an MPE have miraculous bonding with their new families while others face rejection. Still yet, there are those whose family members have passed away and others where DNA tests resulted in only finding out you have a different parent, but no leads toward who it is. The journey for people with an MPE is marked with ambiguous loss and the search for self. We have experience in this journey extensively and too, know the ups and downs and everything in between.
Together, it’s our hope to help the community in whatever stage of the MPE process they’re currently in, through mental health education and referrals to licensed therapists that specialize in this field. We’ll walk this road alongside you in an alliance as additions to the pages of your story are processed and written.
Everyone has a fundamental right to know their genetic identity but talking about unique conceptions with children (and adults) can be difficult for parents. We are creating a series of FACT SHEETS to assist parents in talking to their children about being donor-conceived, adopted, or the product of a non-paternal event.
Right to Know conducted a survey and found that 39% of people with an MPE sought help from a licensed mental health professional but 57% felt their therapist did not have sufficient training in MPE-related issues to assist them. We now offer courses with continuing education credit hours specifically develop to educate therapists on donor conception, adoption, non-paternal events, late discovery, treatment modalities, identity, and much more.
A website with educational classes for the public on topics related to DNA surprises and misattributed parentage as well as continuing education clock hour courses for mental health professionals to learn how to better assist people with an MPE
Call our MPE hotline to chat with someone who’s had a misattributed parentage experience and to receive help with MPE-related resources: be paired with a mentor, identify genetic family, connect with support groups, find a therapist…
**If you are thinking about suicide or worried about a friend, please call 800-273-8255 for immediate confidential support or dial 911.***
A misattributed parentage experience is the discovery of a change in a person’s perceived genealogy from a previously unknown or undisclosed:
- Non-Paternity Event (NPE): conceived from an extramarital affair, tryst, or other sexual encounter and a rape or assault
- Assisted Conception: conceived from a Gamete Provider (Sperm or Egg), Embryo Provision, and Surrogacy.
- Adoption: Hidden, Orphan, Foster Care, Late Discovery Adoptee (LDA), stepchild.
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