The Snowflakes program was developed to help the families facing a very difficult decision regarding embryos they have in frozen storage.

Parents with baby

The only decision available to them that gives the embryos a chance to be born is to donate them for reproduction.

It is our belief these families should have the opportunity to select a family who receives their embryos and will attempt to give birth to them. After all, they have children they love and care for today who were likely born from this same set of remaining embryos.

The matching phase of the Snowflakes process first examines the desires of the placing parents. Both you and the placing parents will provide our Snowflakes team with a list of preferences in family matches. You will develop a family profile which will be used to introduce your family to the placing parents.

How are matches determined?

  • Length of marriage
  • Faith
  • Children in home
  • Financial stability
  • Education
  • Number of desired children
      … and more

The team will review both your preferences and the preferences of our placing families and determine if a particular family is a good potential match for you. You will receive the placing family’s profile to review.  After you give this family consideration, if you like the family, it’s a match! Your embryologist will also have an opportunity to review the embryology report on your remaining embryos.

When the match is deemed acceptable by both families you move into the contracts phase of the process.

Other resources to help you learn more about this unique adoption choice which allows you to give birth to your adopted child!
Creating a Family Profile for Embryo Adoption (webinar)
How Open is Open Adoption? (webinar)
Creating a Lifebook to Tell Your Child Their Story (video)
Spohr and Oviatt Matched Families (video)


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