Q: My wife and I are currently going through an IVF cycle. We expect to have extra embryos and do not want them discarded. We are looking for the costs associated with donating those embryos to a program. – Jon in OH
A: Dear Jon,
I think it is great you and your wife are taking steps now to decide what you will do with remaining embryos after you have completed your family building process.
There is no cost to donate your remaining frozen embryos for adoption. Typically, donor families will continue to pay storage costs until the embryos are adopted, but that is it. The adoptive family covers the cost for transport of the embryos and legal fees.
We have an entire Embryo Donor section on our website focused on the basics of embryo donation. It will help to give you a brief overview of the process.
In addition there are also low cost storage donation programs out there which will greatly reduce the cost of storage fees while waiting to be matched with an adoptive family. The Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program and Fairfax Cryobank launched in 2011. Several families choose this option. You can find details of this program on the Snowflakes website.
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