Understanding Embryo Adoption
Hope’s Promise is actively involved in a new adoption frontier – that of embryo adoption. We provide home studies to Colorado families interested in pursuing an embryo adoption through a matching agency.
Embryo adoption is a relatively new process in which couples who have frozen embryos in storage, that they do not plan on using to build their family, agree to release the embryos for transfer to an adoptive couple. The adopting family may be either known or unknown by the donating family. The intent is that the embryos will be transferred into the womb of the adoptive mother so that she and her husband may give birth to a child and be that child’s parents.
As IVF procedure success rates continue to increase, so do the number of frozen embryos. As of 2012, there were approximately 600,000 frozen embryos in storage facilities across the country. When the information was released, it made people question, “What will happen with all these embryos?”
The answer to this question has only a few answers; embryos can be donated to research (stem cell research), embryos can be destroyed, embryos can continue to be frozen indefinitely while families wrestle with their fate, or anonymous donation to anonymous couples if you happen to be working with one of the select clinics that offer embryo donation.
For more information about embryo adoption visit the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center’s Frequently Asked Questions.
For questions about the homestudy process for embryo adoption, please contact Rachel (303-660-0277) at Hope’s Promise or email [email protected], or visit one of the following websites:Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center National Embryo Donation Center Embryos Alive