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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What to Expect During a Home Study – And Why Many Agencies Require It

Many agencies working with embryo adoptions handle the process much like a traditional adoption, including the requirement that the adopting family participate in a home study. Some couples feel nervous about a home study, but there is really nothing to worry about. The goal of the home study isn’t to try to dig up dirt on you or your partner. The goal is to help you become prepared for adopting a child, gauge your readiness for being a parent, and get to know you both in order to match you to the right family donating their remaining embryos.

The home study is vital to a successful adoption process. While it helps the agency connect the right families together for the adoption, it also helps ensure both the adoptive and donating families are comfortable with the arrangement and are confident that the child will be loved. The home study will take into account things like your religious backgrounds, employment, financial readiness, the childproofing in your home, and your readiness for adoption. It is a thorough report, and can take up to six months to complete.

Don’t let the home study process intimidate you. Every agency understands that there are no perfect parents, and they aren’t looking for perfect homes. They are looking for people who want to love and provide for their adopted child. If you would like to begin the process of adopting an embryo, or would just like to learn more, visit www.embryoadoption.org. You’ll find a list of agencies who can start you on the path to embryo adoption.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Mystery of Human Development

The folks at Medicine Forever have created a fascinating video about the developing child in the womb. From the tiny human embryo to a fully formed baby! Amazing. Each woman who carries and nurtures a baby in her womb is aware of the marvelous miracle happening inside of her. Embryo adoption is the only form of adoption that allows a family to experience pregnancy and give birth to their adopted child. How awesome is that? Enjoy.



Learn more at embryoadoption.org

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Controlling Prenatal Environment One More Benefit of Embryo Adoption

There are plenty of benefits to embryo adoption – it’s safe, it’s more affordable than many other family building options, and the success rate is very high. One other benefit that many couples don’t think about until they are actually pregnant with their adopted child is that when you adopt an embryo, you are in complete control of their prenatal environment. You’ll be able to give your baby the very best from the very beginning of their life!

A lot of development takes place in utero before your baby is born. Little things like the kind of food that you eat, the music you listen to, the language you speak, and even your own stress level will affect your baby long after they are born. Researchers found that babies retain a “familiarity” with the language they heard in the womb after they were born (even if they are raised in a family that speaks another language) because the language centers of their brains start to develop during your third trimester. If something as simple as the language they hear in utero can affect their brain, imagine the impact other environmental factors can have on their development.

When you are carrying your adopted child during those crucial nine months of development, you’ll be in total control of their environment. You can make sure you eat healthy, get the right kind of exercise, and take those important prenatal vitamins to give your little one the best possible start at life. This is just one more benefit of embryo adoption! If you’d like to learn more about the other benefits or find an adoption agency to begin the embryo adoption process, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Breaking Down the Cost of Embryo Adoption

One of the first questions that many prospective embryo adopters ask is, “How much will this cost?” Some couples exploring embryo adoption have already been through various infertility treatments that have left them drained emotionally, physically, and financially. Happily, these couples will find that embryo adoption is a low-cost alternative to other family building methods like domestic or international adoption, IVF treatments, or purchasing donor eggs.

Your cost will depend on the agency you work with for your adoption, but most programs run between $10,000 and $16,000. Here is how that cost breaks down:
  • The home study. Home studies are a vital part of the embryo adoption process. This will give the agency a chance to meet your family, learn more about you, and have the information needed to match you to the right donating family. This will be the basis for a smooth, worry-free adoption process for all families involved. Costs run between $1,000 and $3,000.
  • The agency fee. This is the amount you’ll pay to the agency helping match you to the right family and walk you through the adoption process. Agency fees will vary based on the services the agency is providing to the adopting family.  Some agencies will offer a comprehensive fee, others will have more of an al a carte fee schedule.  It’s important to compare apples to apples when evaluating the services of an agency.
  • The medical fee. This is the cost associated with transferring the thawed embryos into the mother’s womb. The procedure will be done by a trained medical doctor in a clinic, is painless, and takes only minutes to complete. Costs run between $2,500 and $6,000.
Donating families do not get paid for their donation. They donate their frozen embryos because they want them to have a chance at the life for which they were created. It’s an incredible gift they are giving to another couple who wants to create a family! If you have more questions about the costs of embryo adoption, please visit www.embryoadoption.org and sign up for a free webinar.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Adéye Salem Answers Questions About Embryo Adoption: Part 2

January 26 is quickly approaching, and with just under one month until she travels out of state for her FET, Adéye is preparing her body to accept the embryos that survive being thawed.

In her most recent video, Adéye speaks about being several weeks into taking the required medications. “It’s been okay – I’ve had some ups and downs and times of not feeling very well, but we went into this knowing that there could be potential challenges and it’s all just part of the journey,” she said.

In this video, Adéye answers more questions that she and her husband, Anthony have received regarding:
  • Open Adoption – Why did Anthony and Adéye choose to do an open embryo adoption?
  • Back Up Plan – If they aren’t successful with the four embryos that they’ve adopted, will they try again?
Watch the video below:


If you have any other questions, be sure to visit Adéye’s blog, and leave them in the comments section!

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