Nightlight Christian Adoptions has been a pioneer in the field of embryo donation and adoption through its Snowflakes Embryo Adoption program. Through this program, couples who have undergone IVF and have remaining embryos can chose embryo donation, whereby the frozen embryos are made available for adoption by other couples. Clearly, this program relies on the existence of frozen embryos “left over” from IVF procedures. So does that mean that Nightlight is actually in favor of creating excess embryos in IVF? This question is a addressed in our information booklet (PDF), and the answer is reproduced here:
Does Nightlight encourage the creation and freezing of embryos?
No, we are trying to provide a loving option to the families of the 500,000 (estimated) embryos frozen in clinics throughout the United States. As people (and clinics) have become more aware of all their available options in regards to the disposition of their embryos following in-vitro fertilization and become more attentive to the possibility of having remaining embryos, we have noticed an increased effort to limit the number of embryos that are created and to have plans in place for the disposition of their embryos following IVF. We would really prefer to work ourselves out of a job!