The use of in vitro fertilization was on the rise in the late 1990s and has continued to increase every year since then. The result is hundreds of thousands of embryos remaining in frozen storage waiting for the chance to be born. Many fertility clinics started “in-house” embryo donation programs, where families who had remaining embryos could donate their embryos to the clinic, who would then allot them to other waiting families or individuals to use for reproduction purposes.

In 1997, Nightlight Christian Adoption established the first embryo adoption program, the Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program. The primary purpose of the program was to empower families with remaining embryos to choose an adoptive family who would receive their embryos to build their own family. The program was based upon the best practices of adoption to provide protections to the donors, adoptive families, and most importantly the children.

Since then, a number of embryo donation and adoption have sprung up across the United States, and even in other countries.

Embryo adoption has been proven to be a reliable and successful way to experience pregnancy and child birth. It is estimated that since the process of embryo donation and adoption was established, over 10,000 babies have been born world-wide. And it is still growing in popularity—more and more people choose to place their embryos for donation or adoption every year! To learn more, visit