What You’ll Find in an Embryo Adoption Family Profile

What's in the family profile?

When going through the embryo adoption process with an adoption agency, potential adopters get a lot of information about the family who will donate their embryos to them. This helps the adoptive family make an informed decision regarding their embryo adoption match. But what is contained in the profile the potential adopter receives?

The Family Profile of the donor family will be very similar to the profile you create regarding your own family.  The donor will tell you about themselves and their children.  They will be sharing about their family traditions, their likes and dislikes.  Photographs, of course.  The profile may also contain information on the genetic parent’s occupation, education, hobbies, and religious affiliation. Many families choose to share their infertility story, too, and what led them to use in vitro fertilization.

In addition, the donor family is asked to provide three generations of family medical history.  If donor egg or sperm were used to create the embryos they are donating, they will provide as much information as they received from the agency they used to secure the donations.

The embryology report on the embryos will be provided to your medical professional to review.

  • How many embryos are being donated?
  • At what development stage were the embryos frozen?
  • In what year were they frozen and how?
  • What was the age of the woman whose eggs were used to create the embryos?

One of the most positive aspects of embryo adoption is that you do get to learn more about the donor family than you would if you simply received donor embryos through a fertility clinic.  Using an adoption model is in the best interests of you, the donor and any children born as a result. If you’d like to learn more about the embryo adoption process, you can visit EmbryoAdoption.org.