Embryo Adoption Mail Bag- Donated Multi-Racial Embryos

Q: My husband and I are interested in adopting African American or Hispanic embryos. Is this possible? How would I go about finding them?  – Amber in TX

A: Dear Amber,

Yes, it’s certainly possible to adopt multi-ethnic embryos. Some parents choose to adopt ethnic embryos to match their ethnicity or the ethnicity of their adopted child. I have heard of a family who, though the parents were Caucasian, had adopted a Vietnamese son and were able to adopt Vietnamese embryos.  I think your best bet for finding a couple who is donating embryos of any ethnicity is through an embryo adoption program, such as the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. In most cases, embryo adoption programs tend to have embryos waiting to be adopted. While some fertility clinics have embryo donation programs, they often have a waiting list of families waiting to receive embryos.

Some embryo donors prefer being able to choose who will receive their remaining embryos. Embryo donors also appreciate the vetting process an embryo adoption agency requires, as it helps reassure them their embryos are going to a family who will be great parents to their genetic children.

Since more families are prone to donate their remaining embryos through an embryo adoption program, these programs tend to have more multi-ethnic embryos. The Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program has profiles of families waiting for homes for their multi-ethnic embryos on their website, where you can also find details about adopting embryos through this program.

For more information about Embryo Donation and Adoption, please visit EmbryoAdoption.org.

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