Are There Exclusions for Who Can Adopt an Embryo?

While embryo adoption is a great method for many couples seeking an alternative family building method, it may not be for everyone. Because there are no government agencies or laws that currently govern embryo adoption, it is up to each individual clinic and agency to develop their own guidelines about who can and cannot adopt an embryo. Some agencies put a cap on the age of the mother or the combined age of both parents, or they may not deal with out-of-state or out-of-country adoptions. Some agencies will give preference to couples who do not have any children, and others may not offer their services to a couple who hasn’t received an infertility diagnosis.

The rules vary widely from one agency to the next, so don’t despair if the first agency you find excludes you for one reason or another. You may find that if you are rejected by one agency, you will be welcomed with open arms at another. Be prepared to do a little research on agencies in your area. You can start by checking out the list of agencies with embryo adoption programs on our website. We also stay in touch with over 500 clinics across the nation regularly, and keep their contact information on www.embryoadoption.org.

Finding the agency that is right for you may take a little research, but the effort will be more than worth it when you are pregnant with your adopted child. Read through the guidelines for agencies in your area and find the one that is right for your family building needs. If you have questions about how to find a clinic or agency in your area, visit www.embryoadoption.org.

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