Jean Benward

Jean Benward, LCSW is a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience in the areas of adoption, infertility, and donor conception. In her private practice, she works with adoptive families, adoptees, and individuals considering use of donor gametes for family formation. In 1994, Ms. Benward joined the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), where she has spoken at several symposia and postgraduate courses. She served as a member of its Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) Executive Committee for seven years, is former MHPG chair and former co-chair of its donor registry task force. She has presented at conferences of the ASRM, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanism, the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute, the American Adoption Congress, and Resolve. Ms. Benward currently is co-president of the Board of Directors of the Sperm Bank of California and has been a consultant on the Sperm Bank’s identity release task force for seven years. Her clinical background includes several years as a clinical supervisor and adjunct professor, training graduate students in child and family therapy and providing consultation to the staff of child treatment programs. Ms. Benward holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College and a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.