Frequently Asked Questions


I participated in the original Intended Parent Study... Can I participate in the any of the follow up surveys?

YES! The third follow up study is to continue to collect more information about the experiences of people who want to become parents in the future.

How will I receive my follow up survey? What if I don't receive an email with the study link?

You should receive an email with a personalized link for you and your partner (if applicable). If you do not receive this link, please email Dr. Tornello at

Is the study still happening?

The original data collection for the United States is currently closed but not the Netherlands (on-going) study! First survey was collected in 2016, follow up survey was collected in 2017, and the third survey was collected in 2018. If you want to know more about the study progress click here or email Dr. Tornello at

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways people think about and want to create their future families.

Am I eligible to participate in the study?

To qualify for the study you have to be over the age of 18, not have any children currently, and want to become a parent in the future. You can be single or have a partner and you can identify as any sexual orientation or gender identity.

How will my information be used?

Your information will be used in data analyses and summaries will be published in peer reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. We will also summarize findings in a newsletter that we will distribute and posted on the study’s website. No personal information will be used!

What if I am single, can I participate?

Yes! Both single and coupled individuals who want to become parents can participate!

What if I don’t know if my partner wants to participate, can I still participate?

Yes, at the end of the survey we will ask for the contact information of your partner. We can send them the information and they can choose to participate or not. No one HAS to participate!

What if I identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, heterosexual, queer…can I participate?

Yes! People of all sexual orientations and gender identities who want to become parents are encouraged to participate!

Will you use any of my identifying information?

No! After you complete your survey, all identifying information (such as your email address) will be separated from your data and kept in a separate, secure location.

Has this study been reviewed by an ethic board (Institutional Review Board)?

Yes, this study has been approved by the Pennsylvania State University (STUDY00001200 [original survey], STUDY00007040 [second survey], & STUDY00010116 [third survey]) Institutional Review Board. Please contact Dr. Samantha Tornello ( if you have any questions.

Have any more questions? Send an email to Dr. Tornello at IntendedParentStudy at gmail dot com