Adoption options are increasing. Fairly new and becoming increasingly popular is embryo adoption. Listed below are some facts you may not know about embryo adoption:

Embryo Donation usually happens as a result of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments. wherein the implantation of an embryo or embryos result in the birth of children. Quite often there are “leftover” embryos. There are currently over 600,000 of these embryos in the United States. One of the choices for the parents of the embryo is donation to an embryo adoption program.

It is relatively inexpensive. Embryo adoption costs between $6,000 – $18,000, depending on travel, legal fees and clinic expenses. The cost of traditional domestic infant adoption is often significantly higher.

Waiting time is fairly short. Application is made, home study completed, and then a match is made within about 6 months. Of course, then there is the 9 month pregnancy wait.

Success rates are pretty good. There is currently a 35% chance that implantation of a frozen adopted embryo will result in a live birth.

Required legal forms are signed before embryonic implantation may take place. This ensures that the donating parents cannot change their minds. The donating parents will never have any legal right nor legal responsibility for the child(ren).

Adoptive parents receive biological parental information, including a comprehensive medical history of both parents, a family profile, and sometimes even photos.

A list of embryo adoption agencies, as well as additional information on embryo adoptions, is available at EmbryoAdoption.org.