For Adoption Agencies
Why Should We Add Embryo Adoption into Our Agency Program?
There are many children in the United States and throughout the world who have already been born and need a family. Why worry about frozen embryos? Why distract ourselves from children who are already in need?
These are valid questions, but the truth is that modern science has taken human reproduction to a new level. In the past, families who were unable to have children and still wanted to build their family turned to adoption. Now, many infertile couples turn to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) first, rather than adoption.
The first 'test tube' baby was born back in 1978. Since that time advances in ART have created the current surplus of human embryos - estimated to be well in excess of 600,000 in frozen storage.
Couples throughout the U.S. are now faced with the decision of what to do with their remaining embryos. They have finished their own family building, or simply no longer wish to use the embryos themselves. These parents realize that the children they now love and cuddle and care for resulted from these embryos. They realize the embryos are lives with potential - not potential lives - and they want to help another couple build their family.
On the other hand, infertile couples would like to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) but cannot afford it. Perhaps they are reluctant to be faced with the potential of their own remaining embryos. Perhaps they tried IVF - even several times - but were unsuccessful. Perhaps they have even adopted successfully domestically or internationally.
But they still yearn to experience pregnancy.
Embryo adoption allows the donating couple to select the 'right' family for their embryos. It allows the adopting family to select the 'right' donating family. Your agency becomes the facilitator for this matching process. The process is wrapped in the protections established by current adoption practices. After all, the end result of embryo adoption is a BABY.
How Can We Get Involved?
The Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign has identified four levels of involvement for agencies. Review these alternatives. Carefully consider how any one of the levels could positively impact your agency.
Simply educating your clients regarding this unique adoption choice does not preclude your agency from participating in the process. Your agency could still offer to perform the required home study. Perhaps you could partner with an existing embryo adoption agency and refer clients to their program... similar to an international adoption referral.
Embryo Adoption is Successful
Over 3,0000 children have been born through embryo donation and adoption to date. Conservative estimates show that total births from embryo donation and adoption are increasing by 25% each year.
Embryo adoption may be the new and exciting opportunity you have been seeking to add to your agency's services.