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Learning the Basics of Embryo Donation and Adoption

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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This webinar provides an overview of the beginnings 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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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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Some families are surprised when they find out that embryo adoption has a cost. Why is that? Where does the money go? Join us to find out what to look for when comparing agencies, learn about what goes into embryo adoption, and be put at ease about how that money is being used.

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While embryo adoption is one of the least expensive options for families facing infertility, most do not have the exact amount in their savings. How can you make this option financially feasible as you also work to save for a future child? Join us for an expert webinar that will address ways to fund your embryo adoption journey.

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Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, DO, FACOOG, HRC Fertility. 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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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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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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Home Studies and Family Profiles

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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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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Adoptive families often ask about their timeline to being matched with a donor while considering embryo adoption. Creating a well written family profile is one of the best ways to initially connect and present yourself to a potential donor! Making a "yes!" that much more likely. Popular adoption author and blogger Lori Holden will share important tips to keep in mind when creating your own family profile.

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Personal Stories of Embryo Donation and Adoption

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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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Join us for an important webinar presenting the preconceptions and misconceptions 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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Adoption history has shown that secrecy about an adopted (or donor-conceived) child's origins is detrimental to both them and their families, but did you know that oversharing that story can be a problem as well? There is a balance between talking too little and telling too much;it is the child's story, and their story needs to be honored and protected with the best interest of the child in mind. In this webinar, adoption openness expert Lori Holden leads a discussion on how to have healthy boundaries regarding a child's story that are honoring to the child's present and future, and also good for the family dynamic as well.

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

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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Embryo adoption is a unique option that can help families experience the joys (and challenges!) of pregnancy and childbirth with their adopted child. You may be on board with this, but in can be a new concept for many people. You may run into some interesting reactions when you start to share your journey as people try to wrap their heads around this process. In Part one of the Lets Talk About It series to review some of the top questions families get while explaining embryo adoption, and how to easily answer them.

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Embryo adoption is a unique option that can help families experience the joys (and challenges!) of pregnancy and childbirth with their adopted child. You may be on board with this, but in can be a new concept for many people. In Part Two of the "Let's Talk About It" series we will focus on questions that many adopting individuals get from close family and friends. You may be more comfortable sharing your journey with this group but that doesn't mean they wont have questions and concerns of their own as they try to understand how best to support you.

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While you may have a plan for how to tell your embryo adopted children about how they came to your family, most parents with donor conceived children agree that the real conversations happen over time. Children will learn their story and gain a better understanding about where they come from over years, as they put their puzzle pieces together. Join us as Lori Holden, author, blogger, and adoptive mother of teens reviews 8 concepts that you must consider as you prepare to parent an adopted teen (even if you don’t have one yet). Gain insight from the experiences of multiple families that adopted embryos years ago and now have teenagers themselves.

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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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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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An update to one of our most popular webinars. You have decided on an Open Adoption, but how do you speak with your children about their embryo adoption or donor conception history? Join us as we discuss 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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Donor children face many of the same attachment issues as adopted children. Kris Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW and Thomas Rector look at how secrecy negatively impacts our children.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.

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Because you asked! We've 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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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 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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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

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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Medical and Emotional Helps for Embryo Donation and Adoption

Most couples have been educated about the possibility for remaining embryos before they pursued IVF, but it's 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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Holidays are rarely easy for families that are facing an infertility diagnosis. For those of you that are worrying about dealing with family members that ask too many questions, bracing yourself for stories about children leaving cookies for Santa, or simply trying to keep a smile on while running into every pregnant woman at that Christmas party, we want to help you get through it! Join us for an expert webinar on getting through the holidays with infertility.

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If you have been considering Embryo Adoption through an agency, a key part of the process will be finding a local fertility clinic to assist in your Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). Not every clinic is cut from the same cloth, and it can be frustrating to not know what to look for. Join us for an expert webinar as we review questions you will want to ask every doctor, how to find great clinics in your area, options for families in rural areas, and more!

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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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When considering embryo adoption, most programs offer either an open or anonymous adoption. One of the main benefits of open adoptions is the ability to get answers for your child's questions later in life. But what about families that have decided on an anonymous adoption, or those that are matched with a family that used an anonymous egg or sperm donor? Join us for an insightful discussion with Adoption and Fertility Counselor Kris Probasco, that will help you consider the connection to an anonymous donor. We will also address how to talk kids about biological family that you cannot access or find information on.

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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 of a two part series regarding embryo adoption 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 of a two part series regarding the impact of genetics in embryo adoption focuses on how genetics can play a role in successful parenting of children who are not genetically related to you.

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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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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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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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Protestant families have largely held differing beliefs about Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART) and In vitro fertilization(IVF). Regardless of a family's 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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There are many practicing Catholics in the United States. Catholics aren'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? Don't miss the discussion during this one hour webinar.

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Webinars for Fertility Clinics

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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Ms. Debra Schrag, BSN, MSN, NP; Kelly Poffenberger, MA, LSW, LMHC; Ms. Kris Probasco, MSW, MSCSW 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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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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Walk through the history of donor conception. Learn about the rapidly developing field of assisted reproduction, and how regulation and reform may be lagging behind. What can doctors and families do to ensure the best treatment and care for donor conceived children?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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