Embryo Adoption: A unique and life-affirming way to grow families

Embryo Adoption: A unique and life-affirming way to grow families

New Life Adoptions began in 1980 and has facilitated over 800 adoptions. In almost forty years of service, the face of adoption has changed drastically, including the introduction of embryo adoption. At New Life Adoptions, we believe life begins at conception. We know every life is valuable, so we have embraced this new and unique way to grow families. Embryo adoption offers families a unique way to experience both pregnancy and adoption. Many people are not aware that embryo adoption is even a possibility as they are planning their family, so it is our goal to provide education to all of our potential adoptive families about this option.

Many people are not aware that embryo adoption is even a possibility, so it is our goal to provide education to all of our potential adoptive families about this option.”

So what is embryo adoption?

In pursuit of building a family, many couples choose In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments when they are not able to conceive otherwise. After this process is complete, couples may have remaining embryos stored, and they need to decide what will happen to these embryos. Instead of disposing of the embryos, families can choose to make them available to another family through embryo adoption.

Because we are a life affirming agency, we believe that assisting families in the transfer of these embryos through embryo adoption is a way to both support the next step of giving life to these children and assist a couple who is interested in growing their family.

How does embryo adoption work at New Life Adoptions?

New Life Adoptions works in collaboration with National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Tennessee and the Snow­flakes Adoption Program, a division of Nightlight Christian Adoptions in California, to provide embryo adoption for families seeking to adopt embryos for implantation.

New Life completes an embryo adoption home study that follows a similar process to traditional adoption home studies. The adopting parents and the donating parents are then matched by choosing one another through NEDC or the Snowflakes Program. They can choose to meet each other and have ongoing contact, just like in a traditional open adoption.

If you are interested in learning more about the process and fees for embryo adoption, please visit our Embryo Adoption page or call our adoption line at 612-746-5658. You can also watch “An Embryo Adoption Story” to hear about the experience one family had from starting the adoption process, to implanting the embryos, and ultimately giving birth to their son.