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Embryo Adoption?

So I found this new ‘‘idea’’ EMBRYO ADOPTION!

Sounds good…. it checks all the boxes
1. I can adopt a child
2. the child is neither mine nor my husbands (he has the infertility so ivf with a SD was out of the question for him)
3. I can still get the ‘‘pregnancy’’ experience
4. Cheaper than dom. adoption

But what are the views on there and has anyone been successful with it.

I’ve been looking into it and it looks like thats what hubby and i want to do. just looking for some insight from experiences!


There is another similar option - it is called embryo donation or donor embryos (same concept but without going through adoption processes).  It is generally much cheaper than embryo adoption - because none of the home studies, agency fees, etc. will apply.  I wrote about it on my blog recently here:

The success rates vary widely and will likely be largely dependent on the quality of the embryos and the clinic’s success rates.  They are a bit more scarce in the US - so you will likely want to search nationwide or consider going abroad. 

Good luck!

Posted by IVF Traveler on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:50am

Here is a website: ... sound like a great option, but have not tried it myself…

Posted by Private And Foster Mom on Feb 17, 2012 at 6:51am

I looked a little it this too, thought it would be a great way to start a family as well. It checked all the boxes for us too.  However what kept me in the traditional adoption corner was that it seemed their success rate is similar to (perhaps a percentage or so higher success rate) than IVF treatments or egg donation treatments. I am reading that the success rate for a thawed embryo to be transferred and lead to pregnancy is between a 20-25%.  As IVF Traveler mentioned it seemly does depend on the quality of the embryos and the clinic’s success rate as well. Try the nedc: they seem to have higher success rates.  I would use them if we decided to ever go that route.  And yes embryo donation is cheaper than adoption as they don’t have agency fees and homestudies etc…
My assumption is that it is cheaper than traditional adoption as it is not as much of a guarantee as perhaps adoption a baby/child would be and that there may need to be more than one (cost) transfer in order to succeed.  Do lots of research!

Posted by Kylle&Greg; on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:52am

Welcome! My husband and I are actually in the process of adopting embryos to do a frozen embryo transfer (FET). We initially pursued the traditional domestic infant adoption route. However, after learning about embryo adoption and the possibility of me being able to carry our child, we knew we wanted to at least try embryo adoption. There are several embryo adoption blogs online about couples who have been successful with this route. There is also an “Embryo Adoption” forum on this site that I would suggest checking out since there are individuals on there who have been successful. In terms of success rates for thawing, it depends on how the embryos were frozen (the newer way is called ‘vitrification’ and has significantly higher success rates than ‘slow freeze’). In terms of success rates for implantation and getting pregnant, it depends on the clinic you use. Depending on the technology used and the process, clinic success rates can vary greatly. The clinic we will be using has a success rate around 70% for FET (which is super high!). There is a great website called “Miracles Waiting” that helps match embryo adoptive couples with donor couples (not sure if you will be using an agency if you choose this route or if you will try to find a donor on your own). It costs $150 to join I believe. We actually were matched with a couple on there about 1 month after joining and are just getting all the legal stuff done now before we can do our transfer. There’s so much more we can discuss about embryo adoptions and transfers. Feel free to email me if you like’d to chat more!

Posted by Tyler&Kate; on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:36pm

Be sure to check out the AFC Embryo Donation group.  Between reading the older discussions and adding a new post, you should get most of your questions answered.

Good luck!

Posted by Danielle Pennel on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:50pm

Please check out, there are currently 7 agencies in the United States that offer embryo adoption as a service, and all 8 are listed on this site.

There is actually a 35% percent chance that every embryo transferred in an embryo donation/adoption procedure will implant and be carried to term. There are normally 2 - 3 embryos transferred in each cycle, every embryo has the same chance of being carried to term!  It is not a 35% chance that pregnancy will result in one transfer. There is a higher success rate with a donated Frozen Embryo Transfer, (FET) cycle then when the woman’s own embryos are used in the FET.

Posted by Kora on Mar 06, 2012 at 7:33am

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