There are many options available to you as you seek ways to grow your family. Embryo adoption has emerged as a unique and compassionate option for individuals or couples facing infertility. This innovative approach allows prospective parents to adopt embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and start building their families. Before you start your journey, here are some of the essentials when it comes to embryo adoption. 

Understanding Embryo Adoption

Embryo adoption involves adopting embryos that have been cryopreserved during the IVF process. Typically, these embryos are donated by individuals or couples who have completed their fertility treatments and have remaining embryos. Rather than discarding or storing these embryos indefinitely, donors can choose to give them the opportunity for life through adoption. These genetic parents of the frozen embryos will transfer their legal rights to the embryo to the adoptive parents and the adoptive parents will finish the IVF cycle. 

Key Considerations for Embryo Adoption

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Embryo adoption involves legal and ethical complexities, and it’s crucial to work with professionals who specialize in this field. Legal agreements outlining the rights and responsibilities of all parties are essential. In Indiana, there are no statutory procedures governing embryo adoption. This can lead to legal complications, making it crucial to contact an assisted reproductive technology lawyer to help from the very beginning. 

Matching Process

Just like traditional adoption, the matching process in embryo adoption is a crucial step. Intended parents can often review profiles of available embryos, considering factors such as the donor’s medical history, genetics, and preferences. Adoptive parents have the opportunity to review any information and ask additional questions about the donor profiles before making any decisions about their match.  

Medical Procedures

The embryo adoption process typically involves a series of medical procedures, including the preparation of the adoptive mother’s uterus for embryo transfer. Unlike traditional adoption, this method provides the adoptive mother with the experience of carrying and giving birth to the child. This also allows for the adoptive parents to have control over the prenatal development of their child. 

There are many benefits that families consider when choosing to adopt an embryo, including cost-effectiveness, the opportunity for earlier connections with their child, and greater control over the process. Compared to traditional adoption or fertility treatments, embryo adoption is often a more cost-effective option, making parenthood more accessible for many individuals or couples. For those who desire a biological connection to their child, embryo adoption provides the opportunity to experience pregnancy and childbirth. Not only do parents get to experience and control prenatal care but they can often choose from a variety of embryos, allowing them to consider factors such as genetic background, health history, and even the number of embryos available.

Embryo adoption is a compassionate and viable path to parenthood, offering couples a unique blend of adoption and assisted reproductive technology. As you explore this option, educating yourself on the legal, medical, and emotional aspects of the process is crucial. Working with professionals specializing in embryo adoption can provide the guidance and support needed throughout your journey. 

At Herrin & Leach, we offer free, no-obligation consultations to help you understand the options available to your family and how we can support you.