Our History

Day 3 embryos. Frozen 6 years.

Day 3 embryos.
Frozen 6 years.

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), within the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) is responsible for administering the embryo adoption public awareness campaign grants.

The need for raising awareness about embryo adoption and donation is the result of increasing success couples have had using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), specifically in-vitro fertilization.

An infertile couple typically creates multiple embryos when they go through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Once they have completed their family building, any of their remaining embryos are cryo-preserved. It is estimated that more than 600,000 embryos are in frozen storage in the United States. When couples have these unused embryos in cryostorage, some believe their only options are the ones that ultimately destroy their embryos. However, what they may not know is that they can choose the life-giving option of donating the remaining embryos for adoption—allowing another couple the experience of pregnancy and childbirth.

The first baby born through embryo adoption was born in 1998 with assistance from the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center was founded in 2007. Since that first baby, there have been over a thousand children born through embryo adoption to date, with more on the way. The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center is committed to giving infertile couples each option and every hope, and raising awareness about the life-affirming practice of adopting children as embryos.