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Common Myths About Embryo Adoption

A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, March 5, 2015

Embryo adoption services first became available nearly 20 years ago, but persistent myths continue to swirl around this affordable and accessible adoption option. Today we will take a look at two common myths about embryo adoption and reveal the truth.

Myth #1: You have to be a [insert name of religious entity] to adopt embryos.
Embryo adoption was first established in 1997 to help solve the ever-growing problem in the United States of ‘leftover’ embryos in frozen storage. The Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program pioneered this new choice for families with remaining embryos, the ability to choose a family to donate their embryos to. Before this time, only anonymous donation was available through a fertility clinic.

An adoption model was chosen because the expected and hoped for result is the birth of a baby, not for any specific religious reason. The purpose of the adoption model for donated embryos is to keep the needs of the child at the center of the process, and at the same time helping the donor and adopting families.

While there are several faith-based entities that help facilitate embryos adoption, it is not a requirement that you believe as they believe in order to use their services. There are also several non-faith-based embryo adoption programs too.

Myth #2: Embryo adoption companies are charging exorbitantly high fees and making lots of money when the fact is embryo donors don’t receive any compensation at all!
Many people believe that embryo donation and adoption should be ‘free’, after all, the embryo donor does not receive any compensation. Human embryos are truly donated, unlike the high fees you must pay to acquire ‘donor’ human eggs and sperm.

People believe adoption should be ‘free’ too, but what they fail to recognize is all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the adoption possible. In an embryo adoption these are the types of services the organization is providing to the families: clinic communication and coordination, FDA procedures followed and completed, detailed matching services to find the right recipient family for the donor, legal contracts and coordination, safe embryo shipment and delivery, permanent records storage, and future coordinate of family communications.

Do people also believe that a clinic should provide in vitro fertilization treatments for ‘free’ or a frozen embryo transfer for ‘free’? There are actual costs for services rendered. Unlike fertility clinics, embryo adoption agencies are usually non-profit entities and the fees they charge are to cover their expenses.


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