For many couples struggling with infertility, in vitro fertilization may seem like the natural next-step in their journey to build a family. However, they may be devastated to learn that the cost of IVF treatments simply puts the medical procedure out of their financial grasp. IVF treatments can cost as much as $20,000, and may not even result in a viable embryo. A couple may then decide to look into traditional adoption, which can be even more expensive than IVF treatments. One couple’s search for an affordable and safe way to build their family led them to explore embryo adoption.

Vanessa and Joel Farmer went through an adoption agency who matched the couple with a family wanting to donate remaining embryos from their own IVF treatments. Altogether, the cost for the Farmers to adopt the embryos (which resulted in the birth of their son, Joseph) was about $8,000–a fraction of the cost it would have been to go through their own IVF treatments or for a traditional adoption. The fees included the couple’s home visit, medical costs, and adoption fee.

Vanessa Farmer said she is grateful that they learned about embryo adoption, because without it they wouldn’t have their son, Joseph. She hopes that by sharing her story, other couples looking for ways to build their families without draining their bank accounts will learn about the program and be inspired to explore the embryo adoption option. If you think embryo adoption might be a good fit for your family, learn more at

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