Lutheran Family Service is committed to supporting life at all ages, including embryos! Embryos are created through a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). During IVF, multiple embryos are created and only a few are implanted immediately. The other remaining embryos are frozen. Sometimes genetic parents are able to thaw and implant all of their remaining embryos over time, but not always. It is estimated that over 600,000 embryos are frozen in the United States today. Many of the genetic parents of frozen embryos are seeking life-affirming options such as adoption for their remaining embryos.
Check out our in-depth FAQ page to learn more about Embryo Adoption. The Lutheran Family Service team is here to support you with expertise, answers, and assistance in your journey.
Lutheran Family Service prepares families through home study and education to receive embryos from genetic couples who wish to donate them. Those embryos would then be implanted in the womb of a rescue couple and be born to them, with all the rights as a child born to them traditionally.
The process of embryo adoption, also known as embryo rescue, is a legal transfer of property from the genetic family to the rescue family. Genetic couples receive no monetary compensation for the donation of the embryos. Lutheran Family Service is the Iowa partner agency for Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, offered through Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
To learn more information about embryo adoption, we recommend you complete an inquiry form with Nightlight’s Snowflake Adoption, listing Lutheran Family Service as your referral, here. Please also click here to receive a packet of information from LFS.
LFS is a licensed child-placing agency that is here to help. Contact us now to request a packet of information you will need to begin the process of building your family through adoption.
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Life with Potential…Not Potential Life!
by Audrey Winterhof
Embryos are Life with Potential…not potential life! When you think about adoption, often international adoption or a newborn baby come to mind. At Lutheran Family Service, we’re involved with a third type of adoption. Embryo Adoption (embryo rescue) is the process of adopting frozen embryos that were created through In Vitro Fertilization by couples experiencing […]