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Many webinars presented by the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center are available here with a description of the content. Select the "View Webinar" link at the end of each webinar description to view the webinar.

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Learning the Basics of Embryo Donation and Adoption

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The Affordable and Accessible Adoption Choice
Ask questions! Get Answers! An evening webinar for families interested in learning more about embryo adoption. Determine if embryo adoption is the right choice for you.

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Embryo Adoption: Dispelling the Myths
Couples who have been unsuccessful at IVF will also not have success if they try to adopt an embryo. True or False? Parents don't need to tell their children that they came from a donor conception. Adoption agencies charge exorbitant fees for embryo adoption services, the same cost as IVF. What is the truth? Let's uncover the facts about these questions and more - ranging from the cost of an embryo adoption to the quality of embryos required by clinics assisting embryo adoptions around the country.

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Embryo Donation: Choosing to Donate for Life
New for Donor Families! Ask questions! Get answers! About donating your remaining embryos to another couple. An evening webinar that will review embryo donation for reproduction... and life .

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Embryo Quality & Cryopreservation
Embryo quality has become more important for patients as they try and select donor embryos. Reproductive Endocrinologists are concerned about embryo quality in regard to how they are going to help patients achieve pregnancy success. The factors surrounding embryo quality are complex - especially given the fact that there are now over 600,000 embryos in frozen storage and many of them have been in storage for many years. Join us as our experts untangle the term "embryo quality" and what traits hold significant impact to pregnancy success using donor embryos.

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Ethics of Embryo Donation and Adoption
Join the Awareness Center and guest presenter Kelley Poffenberger, Director of the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, for an in-depth look at the ethics of this unique family building choice. We focus on the issues Reproductive Endocrinologists, adoption agencies, genetic parents and adoptive families need to sort through when considering embryo donation and adoption.

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Embryo Adoption & the Best Practices of Adoption
Should the best practices of adoption really be applied to the donation of human embryos? Is embryo adoption even legal in the United States? Advances in the medical science of Assisted Reproductive Technologies have subsequently brought about the problem of hundreds of thousands of embryos in frozen storage. Learn how embryo donors, embryo adopters and their children benefit from what both history and psychology have taught us about the best practices of adoption.

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Husbands Wives and Partners: On the Same Page
Most agency professionals would agree that husbands and wives should be in agreement when pursuing an adoption  it is no different in embryo adoption  but the issues that must be explored and discussed are different. At the same time, couples with remaining embryos often differ regarding the final disposition of those embryos when their family building is complete. Our experts will share from their professional experience how to assist your clients in discovering and solving differences prior to donation or adoption.

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Home Studies and Family Profiles

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What to Expect From Your Home Study for the Embryo Adoption?
What should you expect from your home study for embryo adoption? This webinar will walk you through the process. Learn how many times you will need to meet with your social worker, what paper work you will need to provide, what questions you should be prepared to ask, and what questions will be asked of you! Prepare yourself for your home study and take the mystery out of the process by attending this one hour webinar.

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Creating a Family Profile for Donors and Adopters
While family profiles are necessary for an adoption, many families feel intimidated by the idea of creating one. This is the best chance you will have to connect with the donor/adoptive family you want. In this convenient evening webinar, we will set your minds at ease, and help you get started on a family profile that will really stand out.

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Personal Stories of Embryo Donation and Adoption

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Personal Stories: Snowflakes Beating the Odds
Embryo Adoption is an exciting journey! Allowing the experience of pregnancy with your adopted child, but rumor has it that there are some embryos that are 'better' than others. Many families even start to believe that they can only become pregnant with those 'high quality' embryos. Is this based in fact? Join us as 3 amazing families' share their stories about adopting 2pn or day 3 embryos and what happened next&

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Personal Stories: Connecting with the Donor Family
Open relationships are strongly encouraged when adopting embryos, but not every family feels comfortable with the idea at the beginning. What will this relationship look like? What will the other family expect? Join us as 3 separate families share from the heart about their experience with open relationships in embryo adoption, including both the donor and recipient of an embryo adoption.

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Personal Stories: Donors Share Their Embryo Donation Experiences
What are your options when you have completed your family building process and have remaining frozen embryos? Our webinar guests are people who each faced this decision under different circumstances including a donor who donated anonymously to a clinic, a donor who chose a designated donation and a donor who selected an open donation through an embryo adoption program. Join us as families share directly from the heart about their experiences.

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Personal Stories: Through the Years
Hear firsthand about the excitement, joys and trials of the embryo donation and adoption journey from those who have been there! Three separate families share directly from the heart about their experiences; from a couple first experiencing the joys of pregnancy to a family that have rejoiced three times over as embryo adopted children have entered their family.

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Getting Personal: Families Share Their Embryo Adoption Journeys
Join us as two embryo adoptive families share openly about their experiences of infertility, finding out about embryo adoption, the adoption process and even giving birth to their adopted child.

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Getting Personal: Families Share their Embryo Donation and Adoption Journeys
Hear firsthand about the excitement, joys and trials of the embryo donation and adoption journey from those who have been there! Join us as 3 separate families share their stories, including both the donor and recipient of an embryo adoption and a donor who donated anonymously to a clinic.

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Why Pursue Open Adoption?

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Fearful to Fearless: Understanding the Benefits of Open Adoption
Open Adoption can be an intimidating concept to many adopting families. In this webinar we will take a look at the benefits associated with openness; Highlighting simple ways replace fear with fearlessness and confidence in an open adoption.

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How Open Is Open Adoption?
Join us for an important webinar presenting the preconceptions and misperceptions that are often associated with the term 'open adoption'. Our expert presenter will include a brief history of adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and discuss current adoption best practices surrounding donor and adopter family communication.

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Open Adoption: How to Address Your Fears and Set Realistic Expectations
The webinar looks at the history of open adoption and defines what openness is and what openness is not, and examines the fears of adopting parents. It develops an understanding of why a child needs to know about their birth parents. It walks parents and adoption professionals through the process of an open adoption, and addresses common fears and misperceptions that exist about open adoption, with real life examples and success stories.

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What Your Kids Need to Know and How to Tell Them!

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How Do We Tell The Kids?
You have decided on an Open Adoption, but how do you speak with your children about their embryo adoption or donor conception history? Join Kris Probasco, Executive Director of Adoption and Fertility Resources, as she discusses methods and tools to assist parents in telling their children about their unique method of joining the family at every developmental stage. Kids need to know their story!

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Telling Donor Conceived Kids: Family Origins
Join us for a distinctive webinar presented by subject matter experts exploring why parents using donated egg/sperm/embryo should tell their children about how they came to be a part of the family. We will also discuss methods/tools for parents to use in educating their children about their unique method for joining the family. The Awareness Center encourages clinics to share this family focused webinar with their donor egg/sperm/embryo recipients, to gain information on how to help their kids discover their story.

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Shhhh...The Difference Between Secrecy & Privacy
Embryo adoptions are private but do they have to be secret? How do you tell your extended family and friends about your embryo adoption? How much do they need to know? Why do they need to know? If it seems like it could be too much information is it? Do I tell my co-workers and acquaintances the same thing as I tell my sister? Join us as we examine how to share about your embryo adoption with the people around you and still protect your privacy.

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It's Never Too Late: Telling Older Kids About Their Origins
Because you asked! Weve updated this webinar discussing how you can tell your children about their embryo adoption or donor conception history. Join Kris Probasco, Executive Director of Adoption and Fertility Resources, as she discusses methods and tools to assist parents in telling their children about their unique method of joining the family, especially if they are not toddlers or preschoolers any longer. Kids need to know their story!

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Creating a Lifebook: Telling your child's unique story.
Your adopted child has a unique story about how they came to you. In this evening webinar we will give you our best tips on how to document that story in a Lifebook. We will have tips for both busy families, and parents who prefer to use their artistic abilities. Let us help you make your child's story a memorable one, that they can hold on to for the rest of their life!

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The Science of Secrecy Part 1
Donor children face many of the same attachment issues as adopted children. Mr Thomas Rector shares his research and conclusions regarding how attachment trauma affects the development of the human brain. Learn about the implications for both donor and adopted children and their parents, and learn how you can serve your clients and/or your donor patients needs. Presented with Kris Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW

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The Science of Secrecy Part II
Part II of our Science of Secrecy series featuring the research of Mr. Thomas Rector regarding how attachment trauma affects the development of the human brain specifically in children conceived using Artificial Reproductive Technologies. Learn the best steps to take when sharing a child's genetic origins with them.

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Putting the Pieces Together: The Donor Sibling Registry
The number of families relying on medical help to become pregnant has steadily increased with over 1.5% of babies born in the US resulting from IVF. This creates a whole new generation of children that relied on donor egg/sperm for life. The majority of donations are still anonymous, leaving that generation of children wondering more than just 'Where' but 'Who did I come from?' In this webinar we will share why genetics should not be left behind, and how the Donor Sibling Registry can be used to connect the dots for donor conceived individuals.

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The Donor Sibling Registry: Helping People Discover Their Roots
Join Wendy Kramer, the founder of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) as she examines the emotional and psychological development of donor children and the grief and loss they experience regarding their genetic connections. Learn how the DSR came to be and how it is now helping thousands of children created via donor egg/sperm/embryo discover their origins and connect with genetic family members.

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Understanding Embryo Donation and Adoption and the Law

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Legal Issues of Embryo Donation and Adoption, How to Minimize Clinic Risk and Liability
This webinar covers the legal history of embryo donation and adoption and discusses current best practice methods to minimize clinic liability and risk.

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The Benefits of Early Decision Making: Death, Divorce, and Remaining Embryos
When families create embryos through IVF or acquire them through adoption, many do not make long-term plans for what will happen to those embryos in the event of an unexpected life change such as death and divorce. Why is it important to make decisions for the embryos' futures now? How do you legally protect those decisions from litigation? Ronald L. Stoddart, an attorney with 40+ years of experience in this field, will share his wisdom on how to both make and protect decisions about your future plans for embryos today.

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Legal Status of Embryo Donation and Adoption
Take a detailed look into the legal status of human embryos in the U.S. How are various organizations helping fertility clinics navigate FDA requirements for embryo donation? Why are more patients choosing to donate their embryos for life? How does this apply to embryo adoption?

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Medical and Emotional Helps for Embryo Donation and Adoption

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Letting Go of Remaining Embryos
Most couples have been educated about the possibility for remaining embryos before they pursued IVF, but its difficult to consider embryos you might not use when your thoughts are consumed by hoped for children. Once remaining embryos become reality, the decision becomes much harder than many families may have first believed. Donate to another family, to science, or destroy them? Join us as we discuss options for remaining embryos, resources for families making the decision, and highlight areas where families often get stuck in grief over their remaining embryos.

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15 Things Your Doctor Wants You to Know about Embryo Adoption
Have you ever wished you could sit down with your doctor and talk about embryo adoption? What will the medical side of things look like? Will hormones be necessary? Often families have a lot of questions that they may be too scared to ask. Join us as Dr. Carly Willeford answers 15 of the top medical questions asked about embryo adoption.

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Psychological Consultation for Donors & Recipients
Is your clinic reaching all the needs of donor and recipient patients? Join us as expert counselors who specialize in infertility/family counseling and donor and recipient ART issues discuss their experiences counseling patients who travel various paths to parenthood, or are faced with the challenge of deciding what to do with their remaining frozen embryos.

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Part 1 Grieving the Loss of a Genetic Child
Part 1 of a two part series regarding embryo adoption and Part 1 will focus on helping people understand the role of genetic connections in parenthood and how to emotionally and socially prepare to adopt a child with no genetic connection.

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Part 2: Understanding Genetics for Adoption Success
Part 2 of a two part series regarding the impact of genetics in embryo adoption. Part 2 focuses on how genetics can play a role in successful parenting of children who are not genetically related to you.

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Medicine and the Donor Child
This webinar focuses on the many medical challenges and issues face by donor offspring. Dr. Noel Graham, a pediatrician and an Embryo Adoption father, takes a look at the medical needs of a donor child and shares with us the steps that his family has taken to provide their child with the best medical care possible throughout their lifetime.

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Acupuncture and FET: Holistic Options for Increasing your Fertility
Whether by Embryo Adoption or IVF, the days leading up to your Frozen Embryo Transfer(FET) can be both exciting and nerve wracking. Will it be successful? In this webinar we will review some holistic options that will be beneficial for your FET. Acupuncturist Dr. Rita F. Stanford will explain nutritional choices and simple treatments that can help increase your odds for success, and decrease the chance of a miscarriage..

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Fertility After Cancer
Infertility is a devastating blow to an already difficult battle with Cancer. As a clinic, having tools and resources to help patients become parents after their fight with cancer is crucial. In this convenient webinar we will discuss options available to support cancer patients and survivors whose cancer and its treatment present risks to their fertility.

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Protestantism and Embryo Adoption
Protestant families have largely held differing beliefs about Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART) and In vitro fertilization(IVF). Regardless of a familys stance, their beliefs will impact their views of fertility treatments. With over 600,000 embryos in frozen storage in the US alone, does this create a moral dilemma? What is the best way for Protestant families to respond to this issue both when considering their options for remaining embryos and when building their own families? Is embryo adoption simply a fad or can it be a calling to care for the orphan?

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Embryo Adoption: A Review of the Roman Catholic Conversation
There are many practicing Catholics in the United States. Catholics arent any less prone to experiencing infertility problems. The Church is clear on two issues: 1.) Life begins at conception and 2.) In vitro fertilization is not an option for achieving pregnancy. But what about the use of remaining frozen embryos? What does the Church have to say about Embryo Adoption? Dont miss the discussion during this one hour webinar.

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Webinars for Fertility Clinics

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Professional Perspectives of Embryo Donation and Adoption
Come prepared with your questions to ask after a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Family Law Attorney share their opinions about embryo adoption.

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Embryo Quality and Stages: How Embryo Adoption Impacts Your Clinic
As a medical professional, providing excellent care and attention to your patients is a top priority. When those patients choose embryo adoption for their family building, it may seem like your clinic's control has been taken out of the picture. What stage or grade are these donated embryos? Who will make sure the embryos are FDA compliant? During this brief 30 minute webinar we will review how an Embryo Adoption Agency handles stages and grades of embryos, and provide you with the information needed for a successful FET.

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Professional Perspectives of Embryo Donation and Adoption
Come prepared with your questions to ask after a Reproductive Endocrinologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Family Law Attorney share their opinions about embryo adoption.

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Embryo Quality and Stages: How Embryo Adoption Impacts Your Clinic
As a medical professional, providing excellent care and attention to your patients is a top priority. When those patients choose embryo adoption for their family building, it may seem like your clinic's control has been taken out of the picture. What stage or grade are these donated embryos? Who will make sure the embryos are FDA compliant? During this brief 30 minute webinar we will review how an Embryo Adoption Agency handles stages and grades of embryos, and provide you with the information needed for a successful FET.

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Donor Gametes: Educated Choices
Fertility clinics are very familiar with the use of donor gametes or embryos to help patients achieve pregnancy. Do clinics face any future liabilities as a result? What are the medical and psychological choices available to both donor and recipient patients? Learn how your clinic can actively help educate, support and counsel patients on both sides of the donor conception equation.

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Acupuncture and FET: Holistic Options to Increase Transfer Success Rates
Whether using IVF or embryo adoption, medical professionals work hard to encourage a positive transfer. Will your patient become pregnant? In this 30 minute webinar we will review some holistic options that can be beneficial for your patients FET. Acupuncturist Dr. Rita F. Stanford will explain nutritional choices and simple treatments that can help increase your clinic's odds for success, and decreasing the chance of a miscarriage.

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Clinic Responsibility to Parents and Children: The Value of Open Relationship
While ultimately the choice of recipient parents, disclosure to donor-conceived children of the use of donor gametes or embryos in their conception is strongly encouraged. Traditional use of donor gametes and embryos have been anonymous. As treatment has improved and medical professionals have worked to create options that benefit their patients, the children resulting from donated gametes have raised their voices. In this webinar we will review the impact that donating anonymously can have, and the benefits of open donation in your clinic.

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Shipping Embryos for Donation: Removing the Burden from You to Us!
As a medical professional you want to make sure your patients receive the best care, and a positive experience while they work with your clinic. This is no different when it comes to embryo adoption. In this convenient 15 minute webinar we will explain the care and attention we take to coordinate the shipment and of embryos to your facility so you don't have to!

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Medical Science of ART and the Best Practices of Adoption
Why do patients donating embryos persist in calling the process an embryo adoption? Why do your recipients of donated embryos maintain that they are adopting an embryo? Let's examine together how the science and practice of Assisted Reproductive Technologies may benefit from the application of the best practices of adoption services. Clinic professionals will gain insight into the social and emotional fall-out patients experience when they have remaining embryos. You can help your patients learn more about their disposition options and decrease your clinic's embryo storage administration expenses.

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Your Embryo Donation Program: Increasing the number of embryos donated & reducing embryos in storage!
As a professional fertility clinic you are all too familiar with families with remaining embryos who are difficult to keep in contact with. Perhaps they have stopped paying their storage fees. They don't respond to your repeated efforts to contact them. Come and find out about an idea the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center has to help you reduce the number of embryos you have in frozen storage.

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Legal Issues of Embryo Donation and Adoption, How to Minimize Clinic Risk and Liability
This webinar covers the legal history of embryo donation and adoption and discusses current best practice methods to minimize clinic liability and risk.

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You're The Expert: What Your Patients Expect
This webinar focuses on the many factors surrounding patients who seek the help of a fertility clinic to have a child. Your patients' expectations are that the clinic is presenting them with the broad scope of facts that they need to consider when making important decisions. Are clinics indeed providing the information that the patients need to make these decisions, or are patients going to the internet and outside sources to find this information? Worse yet, are patients making these decisions without having the information they need to properly consider their options?

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Partnering in Embryo Adoption Services
Your clinic has patients who have not yet decided what to do with their remaining embryos. There are embryo adoption agencies who have clients who are very interested in adopting those embryos. The benefits your clinic can realize from partnering with an embryo adoption agency are abundant and impose no administrative burden upon your clinic! Where do you sign up? Forget the top 10 list - there are more than 25 great reasons for your clinic to explore how to improve patient care AND increase revenue.

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Webinars for Adoption Agencies

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Conducting a Home Study for Embryo Adoption
Are you eager to help your clients succeed with their embryo adoption but not sure how to start? Have you ever wondered how an embryo adoption home study is managed differently than a domestic adoption home study? Are you concerned about the legal requirements for completing an embryo adoption home study? Learn how to modify your current home study process to meet the educational and emotional needs of families bringing children home through embryo adoption.

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Presenting Embryo Donation and Adoption: How to Educate your Clients
Your clients depend on you to know about and educate them regarding all of the adoption choices available to them. This webinar is designed to help you explore this unique adoption choice with your clients, giving them the knowledge they need to make informed choices that are right for them.

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