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Internet Sibling Database Connects 12 Siblings to Sperm Donor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Looking for a birth parent; it's something the internet has made much easier, if you know how to look. A Sacramento family just got a lot bigger after discovering a birth connection.
SACRAMENTO, Cali. -- Looking for a birth parent; it's something the internet has made much easier, if you know how to look.  A Sacramento family just got a lot bigger after discovering a birth connection. 

Twelve people learned recently they have a biological bond after discovering they all share the same father.

“It’s kind of comforting to know that there are people that you see where you get certain things from,” says Cheyenne Jorgenson.

Half-siblings Cheyenne Jorgenson and Noah Davis can sit side-by-side now. Both recently met their 12 other brothers and sisters who all have different mothers but share the same sperm donor.

“I think that’s really kind of crazy,” says Cheyenne.

They all found each other through the Donor Sibling Registry online. And curiosity made Cheyenne’s mother dig deeper and eventually pieced together enough information to find the donor.

“I was able to figure out who he was, his first and last name and then I called information and gave the first and last name and they gave me a phone number,” says Cheyenne’s mother, Michelle.

It was a call she was terrified to make, but she dialed the number anyway.

“I think I just started crying and I was like ‘I think you’re my daughter’s sperm donor’ and he started crying,” says Michelle.

The three of them ended up meeting and Michelle says it was clear her daughter and her donor had a lot in common.

“Knowing a little bit about him it’s really comforting to know that we at least know who he is,” says Cheyenne.

Michelle says she had one main question for the donor.

“The main thing that I wanted to know was about his medical history,” says Michelle. “Because I started to worry about things like that.”

Even though Cheyenne and Noah say they feel like family, Noah has no interest in ever meeting the donor he shares with her.

“I’ve got like a great dad so I think its cool,” says Noah. “I think it’s kind of unique. But I don’t really have a need to go see him.”

But for the Jorgenson’s, knowing has helped them better understand each other.

“Who really matters here are the kids,” says Michelle.
 
The Donor Sibling Registry averages more than 10,000 unique visitors to the site each month and is a worldwide organization.

While it is a non-profit organization, there is a yearly membership fee to post or receive information of $75.

 
 
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