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First Speed Dating Babies Born!

by Sara Coster in Lifestyle & Fashion , 06 maart 2015


An increasing number of gay men want to fulfil their desire to have children, but realizing this is a complicated matter. The options are adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting or foster care. A lot of men chose co-parenting, but where to find a suitable mother?

Twice a year, Stichting Meer dan Gewenst organizes speed dating events in which potential fathers and mothers can meet, both for co-parenting and donor constructions. The speed dates are a great success, with 130 participants present at the last speed dating event!

The next one is scheduled on March 27.

The first two “speed dating babies” have now seen the light of day! A single woman and a gay couple met at a Meer dan Gewenst speed dating event and got a son they will be raising in a 50/50 co-parenting construction. A lesbian couple found a straight donor, and are now the lucky parents of a daughter.

During a speed dating event, you have various short conversations with other people who want to become parents. In “speed” mode you decide whether you want to exchange contact data, after which you continue in “slow” mode to really get to know each other before making any real decisions.

When is something co-parenting and when do you speak of a donor?

In the case of co-parenting you agree on a partition of care, for example 50/50 or 70/30, and fathers have care and parenting tasks, while one of the fathers is often also a father in the legal sense.

A donor father can play an involved and active part (without care and parenting duties and/or financial or legal obligations); the donor father perhaps sees his child once every other week, and engages in a fun activity with the child. Or the father visits the child once in a while, whether just on birthdays, or even less.

Anything is possible, as long as you make proper arrangements. There is a great shortage of men who want to be a donor!



  Speed dating date: 
Friday March 27, 2015,
20:00–22:00 (Amsterdam).
Information and registration:
www.meerdangewenst.nl










 
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