What is Embryo Adoption?Embryo adoption is a new way to adopt. Instead of adopting a child, embryo adoption is the process where donor embryo is transferred to a woman, where she carries pregnancy for 9 months resulting in childbirth.

What are the reasons for women to go for embryo donation? Embryo Donation is required for a selected group of parents:

  • When both the parents are infertile
  • Couples who are at a high risk of passing on certain genetic disorders to their offspring
  • Women who have experienced repeated IVF failures.

Embryo donation is quite similar to egg donation where both the egg and the sperm are derived from donors.In egg donation, egg will be borrowed from the donor and the recipient husband’s sperm for fertilization.

Facts Related to Embryo Adoption:

Embryo donation should be anonymous where the donor and the recipient parties are not known to each other.

It is important that the adopting mother must be able to carry a child to term.

There are embryo adoption agencies which help with this process.

A document which clearly states that the genetic parents will not have any rights and responsibilitiespost the embryo donation over any child or children born from their embryos

A document which allows the recipient family to take all parental responsibilities towards the embryos and any child or children born from them.

Donors whose gametes are used for creating embryos for donation are screened for infectious diseases.

It offers couples privacy and secrecy, so that they do not need to be concerned with societal acceptance of their adopted child.

Even though the child has no genetic connections to the adopting parents, but unlike traditional adoption, the couple does not have to go through a legal process in order to be declared as the child's legal parents.