Help Nightlight Christian Adoptions Win $20K!

Comcast Innovations for EntrepreneursHave you heard?! Nightlight has been chosen as one of 30 finalists in Comcast’s Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest! We need your help to be chosen as a one of six Grand Prize Winners that will win $20,000!

We entered the contest to gain funding that can help make the process of adopting easier for potential parents. Not only would we be able to help potential parents complete the adoption process online, we’d help them prepare for their adopted child by introducing an online education process. In order to meet these goals, we need to gain access to some existing software programs, which can often be expensive. And with that, we’d like to be able to customize the software to include some embryo adoption-specific enhancements.

At Nightlight, we’re all about helping more babies be born out of frozen storage with our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program. We also work to raise awareness about embryo adoption through the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, which Nightlight runs. With more than 600,000 embryos in frozen storage in the U.S., our goal is to help them become the children they were meant to be, which we do by matching donor parents with adopting parents through an open adoption process.

So how can you help? Visit cbcommunity.comcast.com/i4e/vote, and vote daily through May 13, 2016. Only one vote per person, per day will count to help us out, so help us spread the word through social media!

Learn more about Comcast Business’ Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest online, and see our full essay on the voting page. Thank you for your vote!

The Importance of Parental Attachment in Adoption

segel-1On July 28, 2015, Dr. Dan Siegel will be presenting a webinar on behalf of Creating a Family called the Importance of Parental Attachment Styles in Adoption. In the past attachment issues have been seen primarily as something to do with the child, but in reality it is a two-way street. Parental styles will have negative and positive impacts on the ability of child and parent to connect.

Dr. Siegel, literally wrote the book on the importance of parental attachment style.

Dr. Siegel is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and New York Times bestselling author of The Whole-Brain Child and Parenting from the Inside Out.

Register today to participate in this evening webinar, July 28.

Webinar discussion topics will include:

  • Key components of a secure parental attachment
  • How parental attachment styles impact an adopted child’s attachment
  • Ways to assess parental attachments
  • Tips for improving parental attachments
  • And more….

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886705666-2918 ) for 1 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Pathway2Family: A New Magazine About Fertility and Adoption

cover-image2On February 25, the first issue of Pathway2Family, a new magazine about fertility and adoption went out to Ob/Gyns and Reproductive Endocrinologists around the country. The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center created the new magazine in its efforts to continue raising awareness about human embryo donation and adoption.

The magazine contains an abundance of content about maintaining hope when facing infertility, stories about life and family, and even tips about eating healthy for fertility!

Pathway2Family is available online at www.Pathway2Family.org. You’ll be able to access it via you computer or mobile device, and can even ask for a hard copy to be mailed to you.

Learn more about embryo donation and adoption at www.embryoadoption.org. If you’re interested in learning more about an embryo adoption program, check out our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program!

Life is a Gift

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Most people rarely consider our very life as a work of God. In fact, we rarely think about life at all (we’re born, grow up and die). Many folks sadly believe an unborn baby isn’t a human life. Atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted back in 2013 that an unborn baby is less human than a pig! [March 13, 2013].

As Christians, we affirm what God’s Word reveals to us about when a baby becomes human life. Scripture tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). In Psalm 139:13-16 says,

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. [New Living Translation]

God clearly instructs us that unborn babies are human at the time of conception. Are some people really more human than others? Of course not! God’s Word is clear: everyone, even unborn babies, are made in the image of God. That’s the message our culture needs to hear as America this month ponders the devastating effects of the 1973 Roe v Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion: the loss of over 55,000,000 human lives to abortion. Today join us in prayer and action to create a more life-affirming nation, promoting alternatives to abortion, and changing the culture that sees abortion as necessary.

Part 2: Salem Family Answers Common Embryo Adoption Questions

It’s January 2015, and for Adéye Salem, that means she’s less than a month away from the frozen embryo transfer that she and her husband have been preparing months for.

Adéye recently braved the cold weather and made another video to answer your questions about embryo adoption. In this video, she answers questions about their decision to adopt embryos through open adoption, as well as what their plans are if no babies are born from the process.

Check out the video below:

Learn more about Salem Family’s journey and the challenges that they’ve faced on the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center’s blog!

Part 1: Salem Family Answers Common Embryo Adoption Questions

Adeye and AnthonyAnthony and Adéye Salem are working on a series of videos to answer your questions about embryo adoption. In the first video, they answer questions about:
Age – Are they too old for embryo adoption?
Success Rate – Why did they choose embryos that have a 20-30% chance at life?
Family Size – How they manage life with nine children, and how will they do it with even more children?
Medication – What kinds of medication will Adéye have to take leading up to the FET?

See the full video and watch for their shout out to Snowflakes®:

As their mid-January Frozen Embryo Transfer nears, the couple will release more videos to answer your questions. Visit Adéye’s blog and leave questions in the comments for their upcoming videos!

The Famous, the Adopted

What do Nelson Mandela, Faith Hill, Steve Jobs and Nancy Reagan all have in common? Of course, they’re all famous and have left a mark on the world in one way or another. But there’s one thing that you may not know about them – they’re all adopted.

There’s another person you may have heard of, but you may not know that he was adopted – Bill Clinton. The 43rd President of the United States has been quoted as saying, “Adoption gives children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused a precious second chance at happiness; a chance to love and be loved and to reach their full potential in a secure, supportive environment.”

This video, created by CatholicVote shows people that have reached their full potential because of adoption. It’s one of our favorites.

We’ll never know for sure where each of these people would be had they not been adopted, but it’s safe to say that they might not be where they are now. These visionaries, revolutionaries, innovators leaders, communicators, achievers, and thinkers all ended up being the people they are, partially because of the people who adopted them. It makes you wonder, what the estimated 153 million orphans in the world will achieve in their lives. Just imagine.

What’s Your Best Option – Donor Eggs or Embryo Adoption?

Couples dreaming of the opportunity to become parents may experience difficulty in conceiving a child naturally. These couples often turn to alternative methods, such as in vitro fertilization, to help make that dream come true.

In vitro fertilization can be a pricey and time-consuming process – especially if you are faced with purchasing human eggs to create embryos. There are a limited number of women willing to sell their eggs. And on top of that, there are high standards that egg donors must meet to be deemed acceptable by egg donor agencies. Women with excellent school grade point averages, college entrance exam scores, and athleticism can be compensated up to $40,000 for their eggs. Even before a couples knows that a donor is going to be able to produce enough eggs for a successful in vitro fertilization process, much of their money is already spent.

If a family has unlimited time and resources in vitro fertilization may be a worthwhile option, though many couples simply don’t have access to unlimited financial resources. A better alternative for those couples is embryo adoption. More than 600,000 embryos are currently in frozen storage across the U.S., and many of them have been donated for adoption by a couple that has already been through the process of in vitro fertilization. The donors have completed their family – they want to give another couple the opportunity to become parents, and their remaining embryos the chance at life.

The process of adopting an embryo is often more affordable than in vitro fertilization. Embryos are not bought and sold – instead they go through an adoption process similar to the one offered here at Nightlight. The costs involved with an embryo adoption usually involve an agency fee and the costs of the home study and medical procedure. Learn more about the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program.

Three Different Journeys to Parenthood, No Greater Joy

Family keeps growing through embryo adoption

Meet Adéye and Anthony Salem – an incredible couple from Northern Colorado.

Are you thinking, “What’s special about Adéye and Anthony?”

Through the years, they’ve built a beautiful family together – a family with nine amazing children; three biological sons, and six adopted sons and daughters, some of whom have special needs. Now, they have a new destiny – one involving human embryos. Adéye and Anthony have been matched with four embryos through the Snowflakes® Frozen Embryo Adoption Program at Nightlight Christian Adoptions.

Why did they choose embryo adoption? Learn more about them, their family, and their decision:

Adéye and Anthony would like to share their journey with you. Follow along on social media – both through Nightlight, as well as the Salem family’s personal pages.

Nightlight:

Online
Blog
Facebook
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Salem Family:

Adéye’s Blog
Anthony’s Blog
Facebook
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