Embryo Adoption - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Embryo Adoption

HAN Fertility Center has partnered with the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program so that single patients or patient couples can explore adopting embryos that are donated by another couple and are currently held in storage throughout the U.S.

Embryo Adoption vs Embryo Donation

“Embryo donation” is a program many fertility clinics offer. Although some programs may vary, embryo donation differs from adoption in that the receiving family does not have a home study prepared, the donor families are anonymous, and there is no contact between the families before or after birth, even through an intermediary.

Snowflakes goes beyond the embryo donation provided by most fertility clinics by offering the safeguards and education available in a traditional adoption. A home study is prepared on the adopting family that includes screening and education. The placing family is able to select an adopting family (as opposed to the doctor in a clinic making the selection of a family), they will know if a child is or children are born from the adopted embryos. The placing family may also delegate this responsibility to Nightlight, a licensed adoption agency. Our program recognizes the importance of counseling all parties involved. Most importantly, at Nightlight we recognize the personhood of embryos and we treat them as precious pre-born children.

Benefits of Embryo Adoption

The genetic family wants to select who will adopt their embryos and know the outcome of the adoption and transfer. They are reassured that Snowflakes provides the same safeguards that the traditional adoption process offers. The genetic family knows the adoptive family has been screened for a criminal history and child abuse record, and received education about how to parent an adopted child. They have the peace of mind of having handpicked a family for these children. They also have the opportunity to have contact with the adopting family to whatever extent both families are comfortable

The Embryo Adoption Process

Application Phase

Fill out the Adoptive Parent Application and sign the Agreement for Adoption Services. Mail them to our office along with a current family photo and the application fee. 2. Complete a Homestudy. 3. Contact your doctor to have him/her complete a Snowflakes form (must be on letterhead with an original signature) that confirms you have “no contraindications to pregnancy” and addresses other factors involved with matching. 4. Give your doctor the “Snowflakes Standards for Donor Couples” to review. 5. Create a family profile including pictures of your family, a ‘Dear Genetic Family’ letter, and a short autobiography.

Pre-Matching Interview with the Social Worker

Our social worker contacts you to discuss your matching requirements and your preference for contact with the genetic family.

Matching Phase

Your profile is sent to a genetic family. If they select you, you receive their Family Profile, medical health history, and embryo information for consideration. You decide to accept or decline the match.

Clinic Approval (and possible blood testing)

If you are having your embryos sent to your fertility clinic, we send the embryology reports and infectious disease test results from the genetic couple to your fertility doctor. Your doctor informs us if additional lab work is needed before the embryos can be accepted into their facility. If necessary, we will contact and provide your genetic family with a lab order to do additional blood testing. Snowflakes pays for FDA required testing for the genetic parents. You are responsible for the costs of any testing that exceeds FDA requirements. If you would like to travel to your embryos, we can help you look into that opportunity.

Contract Phase

You receive an Embryo Adoption Agreement to be signed and notarized designating the adoption of the embryos from the family you have selected.

Travel

Snowflakes schedules a travel date for your embryos and they will be sent to your fertility clinic. Alternatively, if you are traveling to your embryos, your travel arrangements can be made at this time.

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Arrange with your doctor when your transfer attempt will be scheduled and notify us of the date. After the transfer, notify our office as to the number of embryos thawed, how many survived the thaw and were transferred, and the stage of the transferred embryo(s). We will notify genetic parents unless they decline notification.

Pregnancy Test Results

Typically about two weeks after your transfer, you return to your doctor for a pregnancy test and notify our office of the results.

Pregnancy

This is your time to experience the joy of being pregnant!

Birth

Congratulations! As soon as possible after your baby is born, notify our office so we can celebrate with you! We inform the genetic family on the joyous outcome unless they decline notification.

Post-Adoption

Complete one post adoption report with your social worker six weeks after your baby is born. At three, six, and nine months of age, you will send an update to Snowflakes. Correspondence between you and your genetic family is separate.

Program Fees

Snowflakes Program fee: $8,000, Home study agency fee: $1,000-3,000

Fertility clinic frozen embryo transfer fees: $3,000-5,000

TOTAL FEES: $12,000-16,000

A full accounting of the program expenses for Snowflakes will be provided each month there is activity.

What additional out-of-pocket expenses can we expect?

You may also have additional expenses involved in completing your homestudy (approx. $500, for fingerprinting, medicals, DMV records, CPR/First Aid classes, etc.) and clinic fees for any subsequent FETs. Check with your home study agency and clinic for an estimate of these fees. If re-matching is requested, the fee is $2,000