When couples go through in vitro fertilization (IVF), sometimes there are fertilized eggs (embryos) that remain and are frozen for later use. An estimated 700,000 to over 1 million human embryos are currently stored in the U.S. When this couple decides their family is complete but still have embryos remaining, there are a few options:
- They can donate their embryos to a couple who is unable to conceive for the purpose of adoption.
- They can donate the embryos to research.
- They can thaw the embryos and let them die.
- They can keep the embryos frozen and continue to pay storage fees.
Embryo adoption allows the genetic parents to give their embryos a chance for life. And it provides prospective adoptive parents with an opportunity to have children. Embryo adoption is an option for those who are able to medically carry a child through to delivery, allowing the prospective parents to experience pregnancy and birth. There is generally openness involved in these adoptions.
The National Embryo Donation Center is a non-profit organization that helps both embryo donors and recipients. Check out www.embryodonation.org to learn more. When someone donates embryos to the NEDC, they become the interim caregiver. The NEDC team works hard to match the right embryos with the perfect adoptive family.
We can get you prepared for adoption and complete your home study assessment for this type of adoption. For more information, contact our office nearest you.
Adoption Option, a partnership between The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, offers pregnancy and parenting support services, adoption services and post-adoption search and disclosure services.