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Cost of Embryo Adoption

Embryo adoption is a lower cost adoption choice when compared to the cost of domestic or international adoption, in vitro fertilization and the cost of donor eggs. In the United States the adoption of children in the foster care system is generally the least expensive form of adoption.

If you are interested in adopting an infant through the foster care system it can be both an emotionally challenging and lengthy process. Embryo Adoption allows parents to give birth to their adopted child, while still remaining cost effective.

Embryo adoption costs are primarily paid by the adopting family. Generally the donating family does not receive payment for their donation, nor should they expect the recipient family to cover any of the IVF expenses they have incurred. Embryo storage costs prior to the match are also the responsibility of the donor family. The recipient family may be asked to pay for storage fees after the match is made.

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Couples who have remaining embryos and no longer wish to continue paying for embryo storage have a new option available to them should they choose to donate their embryos to another person. The Fairfax Cryobank and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program have partnered together to offer a low-cost storage option for people who choose to donate their embryos to another person. This program can offer significant savings over current fees paid for embryo storage.

For the adopting family embryo adoption expenses can range from $6,000 - $15,000 on average, but may be higher or lower based on many factors. Most of these expenses cover the legal contracts, medical procedures and fees associated with the safeguards of established adoption practices. As you explore various agency programs, we encourage you to make sure you are making comparisons that include all of the expenses associated with the type of service you hope to receive (matching services, agency services, legal services, medical services, travel expenses, clinic coordination and embryo shipping services, etc.)

Agency Fee*
*Additional travel expenses may be incurred for centralized programs.
$2,500 - $8,000 May or may not include legal fees, embryo shipping, matching services, counseling, additional medical screening
Home Study/Family Assessment $1,000 - $2,500 Costs vary by state/agency
Clinic Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) $2,500 - $4,500 Costs vary by clinic
TOTAL $6,000 - $15,000 Generally less expensive than domestic or international adoption


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