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The Canada Research Chair in Third-Party Reproduction and Family Ties is currently conducting several research projects.

Adoption Project

Conducted in collaboration with the LGBT+ Family Coalition, the Adoption project aims to describe, understand and compare the attitudes and representations of various groups of professionals (from the fields of social work, psychology and law) regarding the adoption of a child by a person or couple from the LGBTQ communities. We wish to identify the best predictors of a favorable attitude towards adoption by a person or couple from the LGBTQ community. The results of this research will allow us to better target the training needs of social and legal professionals who work with LGBTQ families. ** In French Only **
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Contact Project : The experience of gamete donors contacted by their donor offspring

The Contact project aims to examine situations in which a gamete donor is directly contacted by a donor offspring, whom they did not previously know. The study will help better understand the consequences of the progressive expansion of donor conceived people’s access to information about their origins. It will provide pathways for people working in the field of assisted reproduction with regard to supporting users and could be mobilized by lawmakers interested in the issue.
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ACCESS to reproduction for LBP women and QTNB people

This project aims to document, from an intersectional perspective, the experiences of LBP women and QTNB people in accessing PMA services or seeking sperm donation through socio-numerical networks. It will enable the development of tools (videos, summary sheets, practice guides) to improve services for these populations and better support the people concerned.
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STORIES Project: Self, Transmission, Origins, Representations, and Identity among Donor-Conceived Teenagers and their Families

This study aims to develop a better understanding of how adolescents integrate the narrative frameworks surrounding their conception. Thanks to a triangulation of these data with data from their parents, this study will help identify courses of action for social workers who work in fertility clinics and with couples who need gamete donation in order to become parents.
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Drifts in Donor Conception and Their Impacts on Life Trajectories

Donor conception has become democratized in recent years, with a growing number of sperm banks. Certain abuses related to this assisted reproduction procedure continue to be the subject of debate, such as the overuse of specific sperm donors for the conception of numerous children within different families and the problem of doctors’ deliberate substitution of donors at the time of conception. This project aims to document the experiences of people born from instances of such abuses, among other things in order to inform decision-makers on the repercussions of such cases and the need to better regulate donor conception.
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Surrogates’ Voices

While the media describe a vast range of positive and negative experiences on the part of women who act as surrogates in Canada, we know very little about the way the surrogacies they are involved in actually function. Surrogates’ Voices is the first large-scale Canadian study to examine the ways surrogacy agreements are experienced, as well as the difficulties that surrogates face. The results will support the development of social practices, public policy and legislative frameworks that are more in tune with their needs.
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Summer Institute on Assisted Reproduction

The Summer Institute on Assisted Reproduction is offering advanced training on contemporary issues in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), which will take place on June 3 to 5, 2024 at the UCS research center of the INRS in Montreal (Qc, Canada). This multi-day event is aimed at professionals who work with people involved in ART, as well as researchers and students. Participants will have the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge in the field from internationally recognized researchers through thematic sessions, clinical workshops, a roundtable, and a public event on fertility fraud. Participation in the Institute may be recognized as professional development by some regulatory professional boards.

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When mom carries a baby "to help" another family

"The reality of children of surrogates has been very little studied. Isabel Côté, who holds the Canada Research Chair in third-party reproduction and Family ties, is a researcher with the Partenariat de recherche Familles en mouvance and a professor in the Department of Social Work at UQO, wanted to know more about their experiences. Together with Flavy Barrette, a Master's candidate in social work, she undertook a research project on this issue. In total, 62 young Canadians between the ages of 7 and 24 were interviewed about the surrogacy project in which their mother acted as a surrogate." (In French)

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The Chair's holder at Tout le monde en parle

As Quebec prepares to better protect the rights of surrogates and the children born through surrogacy, the documentary series Porteuses de vie (Carriers of Life) is launched. To demystify the subject and to better understand the legislation surrounding it, we discuss with Marie-Claude Corbeil, a surrogate, Kevins-Kyle, father of three children born through surrogacy, and Isabel Côté, professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

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Documentary series: Porteuses de vie (Carriers of life)

By following Amélie Lemieux's quest to have another child, let's demystify the process of surrogates and meet individuals who, from near and far, have used this process to create a family. Through these encounters with families and specialists, let's take stock of the situation in Quebec.

The holder of the Research Chair, Isabel Côté, speaks in each episode of the documentary series.

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Isabel Côté (she/her) holds the Canada Research Chair in Third-Party Reproduction and Family Ties and is a professor in the department of social work at Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is interested in families that are created thanks to others’ contributions, particularly gamete and embryo donors and surrogate mothers.

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