The Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's provides services to coordinate the living donor evaluation for candidates who express interest in living donation. A living donor coordinator helps the donor candidate through the process, and they are required to follow-up with the donor at certain periods after donation.

All living donors must be healthy and have excellent kidney function.

Acceptable living donors are between 18 and 50 years of age and have blood and tissue types compatible with the recipient. Determining donor and recipient blood and tissue type is part of the pre-transplant evaluation. Donors between 51-55 years of age will be considered and evaluated by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Most often, the living donor is a close relative of the recipient, such as a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent. Sometimes, unrelated living donors with ties to the recipient, such as an adoptive parent, step-parent or a family friend, could be matching donors.