At the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in October 2022, new research project was presented on the Psychosocial Outcomes of Children Born via Embryo Donation. The study participants included Snowflakes Embryo Adoption families, but embryo donation is the preferred terminology in the medical world.
The objective of the study was to assess parents’ perception of the psychosocial adjustment of their children born via embryo donation and their relationships.
The hypothesis of the study were:
- Kids born via embryo donation are psychosocially well-adjusted
- Parents perceive good relationships with their children born via embryo donation
The conclusion? Families created through embryo donation report favorable:
- Parent-child relationship quality
- Child behavioral adjustment
- Child social/emotional adjustment
Several embryo donation programs gave access to their clients/patients who had children born through embryo donation or adoption, including Snowflakes, the majority of which identified as Christian.
In summary, the report stated there is a high degree of comfort with embryo donation given disclosure rates with minimal regret. Most of the respondents were provided with home study education that explained the benefits of not keeping their embryo donation a secret – especially from their children.
Another positive finding of the research is that embryo donation does not appear to increase the risk of adverse obstetric or fetal outcomes.
Most of these families received education regarding how to tell their children, building relationships with their donor family, and avoiding secrecy. Isn’t it great to have some research to back-up the anecdotal evidence seen over the past 25 years?
Learn more about embryo adoption at www.Snowflakes.org.