10 Facts about Embryo Adoption


To truly understand embryo adoption, it’s important to know the facts. So here they are, in no particular order…

Top Ten Embryo Adoption Factsembryo adoption

  1. Embryo adoption allows the adopting (also called “receiving”) family to experience pregnancy and birth.
  2. We call it adoption, because the receiving family will be raising a child that is not biologically related to them.
  3. Many families who were unsuccessful in achieving a pregnancy through In Vitro Fertilization have been successful in achieving a pregnancy through Embryo Adoption.
  4. There are over 600,000 frozen embryos currently in storage in the United States.
  5. Embryos adoption is governed by property law. Families sign a contract which transfers the embryos from one family to another.
  6. Embryo adoption often costs much less than traditional adoption, generally between $12,000-$15,000.
  7. An adopting mother can work with her own physician or fertility specialist to prepare her body to receive the embryos.
  8. The level of openness in the process is determined by both the donor and the receiving families.
  9. Most receiving families are matched with a donor family within 6 months.
  10. Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri has partnered with Nightlight Christian Adoption Agency’s Snowflake Program to offer embryo adoption to Missouri families. Call 866-326-5327 for more information!