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Most 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.

Visit the WEBINAR REGISTRATION section of the web site to see the most current schedule for webinars.

Level 1 - Acquire Knowledge About Embryo Adoption

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The Affordable and Accessible Adoption Choice
When is embryo adoption the right choice? Embryo adoption allows your clients to experience pregnancy and give birth to their adopted child. They control the pre-natal environment, and are deemed the legal parent(s) of the child upon its birth. Embryo adoption is the least expensive form of adoption. This one-hour webinar will provide you a detailed look at the advantages of this unique and successful adoption option.

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The Fundamentals of Embryo Donation and Adoption
This webinar provides an overview of the origins of embryo donation and adoption. We will define terminology and cover the overall processes available to couples for both donation and adoption.

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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? Is it true that Embryo Adoption carries a higher risk than an International or Domestic Adoption? Is it true that the majority of couples donating embryos prefer doing so anonymously? Adoption agencies charge exorbitant fees for embryo adoption services. 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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Personal Stories: Donors Share Their Embryo Donation Stories
Our webinar guests are donors who each faced this decision under different circumstances, hear directly from the heart about their experiences. Our guests include a donor who donated anonymously to a clinic, a donor who chose a designated donation and a donor who selected an open adoption through an embryo adoption program.

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Getting Personal: Families Share Their Embryo 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 directly from the heart about their experiences, including both the donor and recipient of an embryo adoption and that of a donor who donated to a clinic.

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Getting Personal: Families Share Their Embryo Journeys Part 2
Enjoy the second installment of our Getting Personal series featuring the story of two embryo adoptive families sharing their amazing journeys in their own words. Hear about their struggles with infertility, discovering embryo adoption and going through the process. Our presentation is followed by an extensive Q&A session where our guest presenters shared insights on topics from open adoption to the length of the adoption process.

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Level 2 (Parents) - Education for Embryo Adoption/Donor Conception Parents

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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? 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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Embryo Donation: Choosing to Donate for Life
What if you have had IVF success, but your family is now complete? You now need to decide what to do with your remaining embryos; but many families do not like the idea of destroying embryos when they created them for life! What will donation look like for your family? In this webinar we will review the details of embryo donation for reproduction... and life.

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How Open is Open Adoption?
This webinar presents the preconceptions and misconceptions that are often associated with the term .open adoption. It includes a brief history of adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and covers current adoption best practices surrounding donor and adopter family communication

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How Do We Tell the Kids?
This webinar discusses 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 at every developmental stage. Kids need to know their story!

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It's Never Too Late: Telling Older Kids About Their Donor Conception
this webinar discusses how you can tell your older 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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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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The Science Of Secrecy
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 patient.s needs. Presented with Kris Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW

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The Science Of Secrecy Pt. 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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Genetics Part 1: Greiving the Loss of a Genetic Child
Being diagnosed with infertility is painful and frustrating, many families feel cheated! Miscarriages, and years of trying to achieve pregnancy can put a significant emotional stress on your family. In part one of this two-part series on genetics we will focus on helping you understand the role of genetic connections in parenthood. Highlight area's where families often get 'stuck' in grief, and help you to emotionally and socially prepare to adopt a child with no genetic connection.

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Genetics Part 2: Understanding Genetics for Adoption Success
Is there a difference when it comes to parenting a child that is not genetically related to you? Whether by embryo adoption, donor egg, donor sperm, or choosing traditional adoption the genetics will have an impact on who that child will become. In part two of this two-part series on genetics we will focus 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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What Do We Tell the Kids?
Family secrets... they rarely lead to positive outcomes. Join us to learn about the 'why' and 'how' for educating your children about their origins and eliminate any negative 'surprises' in their future.

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Level 2 (Professionals) - Staff Training and Client/Patient Education

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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? 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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Embryo Adoption: A Review of the Roman Catholic Conversation
There are many practicing Catholics in the United States. Catholics are no.t 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? Do not miss the discussion during this one hour webinar.

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Embryo Donation and Adoption: Dispelling the Myths
Which is faster? Receiving donated embryos through a clinic or an agency? People donating embryos prefer doing so anonymously - true or false? Is it true that embryo adoption agencies will not accept embryos that were created with donor eggs? What is the truth? Uncover the facts about these questions and more - ranging from the cost of embryo adoption to the required levels of openness between the donor and recipient families.

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How Open is Open Adoption?
This webinar presents the preconceptions and misperceptions that are often associated with the term .open adoption. It includes a brief history of adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and covers current adoption best practices surrounding donor and adopter family communication

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Presenting Embryo Donation & Adoption: How to Educate Your Clients
CHOICE! Your clients depend on you to know about and educate them regarding all of the 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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The Science Of Secrecy
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 patient.s needs. Presented with Kris Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW

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The Science Of Secrecy Pt. 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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Genetics Part 1: Greiving the Loss of a Genetic Child
Families that have been diagnosed with infertility can often struggle most with the inability to have a fully genetic child. Miscarriages, and years of trying to achieve pregnancy can put a significant emotional stress on a couple. In part one of this two-part series on genetics we will focus on helping you understand the role of genetic connections in parenthood, and how to help families emotionally and socially prepare to adopt a child with no genetic connection.

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Genetics Part 2: Understanding Genetics for Adoption Success
Is there a difference when it comes to parenting a child that is not genetically related to you? Whether by embryo adoption, using donor egg, donor sperm, or choosing traditional adoption the genetics will have an impact on who that child will become. In part two of this two-part series on genetics we will focus on how genetics can play a role in successful parenting of children who are not genetically related to you.

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Professional Perspectives of Embryo Adoption
Kris Probasco, Director, Adoption and Fertility Resources, Dr. Daniel Stewart, MD, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and attorney Sandy Krigel, Krigel and Krigel, P.C., work together in a successful Embryo Adoption partnership program in Kansas City. All three professionals join us to discuss how their program works and why partnership may also be beneficial to your agency.

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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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Level 3 - Professionals Providing Home Studies

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Home Study for the Embryo Adoption: A Detailed Exploration
Embryo adoptions are legally considered an exchange of property and are thus regulated by contract law rather than adoption law, .but the end result is the birth of a child! Embryo adoption agencies agree that the best practice is to have the recipient (adopting) family complete a home study. Learn how to modify your current home study program to meet the educational and emotional needs of families bringing children home through this exciting new adoption choice.

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How Do We Tell the Kids?
Kris Probasco, Director, Adoption and Fertility Resources, and Megan Fabian, Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program Manager discuss the intricacies of educating children regarding their genetic origins and how they became a member of the family.

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It's Never Too Late: Telling Older Kids About Their Donor Conception
this webinar discuses how you can tell your older 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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Husbands Wives & 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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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 Dr. Jeffrey Nelson of HRC Fertility untangles the term "embryo quality" and what traits hold significant impact to pregnancy success using donor embryos.

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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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Embryo Donation and Adoption: Minimizing Clinic Liability and Risk
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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Psychological Consultations for Embryo Donors & Recipients
Marie Davidson, Ph.D. resident Phychologist at the Fertility Centers of Illiniois, and Jana Rupnow, MA LPC-I of Fertiltity and Family, LPC, reveal their experiences in helping couples work through the emotional rollercoaster of infertility. What are the best methods for assisting patients regarding potential and actual remaining embryos? How can clinic counseling personnel educate patients about the availablity of donated embryos as a cost-effective option?

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The Donor Sibling Registry: Helping People Discover Their Roots
Wendy Kramer, the founder of the Donor Sibling Registry(DSR)and Jana Rupnow of Fertility and Family LPC examine 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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Level 4 - Establishing a Partnership with Fertility Clinics

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Establishing an Embryo Adoption Program
Interested in starting your own embryo adoption program but not quite sure where to begin? Rather than try to establish a nationwide program why not explore the possibilities of partnering with a local fertility clinic. This webinar is intended to help you begin building your embryo adoption program with a local focus. View Webinar



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