Why Snowflakes for Embryo Donation?

Why Choose Embryo Donation Through Snowflakes?

Children need adults who will help them live and thrive

  • For over 50 years Nightlight has been finding loving families for children.
  • We are a child-centered adoption agency and we believe in the open adoption model when placing kids for adoption.
  • Open adoption results in children who are secure in their identity and confident about their future.
  • The Snowflakes program includes:
    1. Obtaining and preparing embryo donors
    2. Matching donors and adopters with similar desires
    3. Ensuring FDA compliance
    4. Coordination of clinic communications and shipping
    5. Proven and secure legal documentation
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Donated embryos are not distributed among multiple families.*

  • The Snowflakes embryo donor family gives all of their remaining embryos to one adopting family.
  • This enables genetic siblings to live and thrive in fewer families, and in families where their existence is known.
  • Contact and communication is available for potential future medical emergencies.
  • Fertility clinic donation programs will frequently anonymously divide a genetic sibling donation of embryos among many recipient patients. No information about the birth of resulting children is provided.
  • The Snowflakes program charges no additional fees for keeping embryo sibling groups together.
  • *Except in rare circumstances at our discretion.

We understand what is required to legally allow you to donate embryos

  • The adopting family’s fertility clinic will require documentation from your fertility clinic. We do the work for you.
  • The FDA has particular rules and regulations that must be followed to enable you to donate your embryos.  We help you complete them so you may move on to matching with an adopting family.
  • If you aren’t quite ready to donate your embryos but are struggling with the high-cost of embryo storage at your clinic we have lower-cost options available for you.
  • Our contracts are clear. They specifically help you relinquish all rights and responsibilies to children born as a result of your embryo donation.

There are no fees* for donating your embryos when you complete necessary documents promptly.

In order to help you get your embryos placed in a timely manner, we ask new embryo donors to complete all of their initial documentation within two (2) months. On average, donor parents are able to complete the documents within 4-6 weeks. The reward for completing your documents in a timely manner? Snowflakes will pay for your FDA required infectious disease testing. If you are unable to complete your documents within two (2) months, you will be responsible for the cost of infectious disease testing.

Most embryo adoption costs*are covered by the adoptive family. Storage fees for the embryos will continue to be paid by the placing parents until the embryos are transferred by legal contract to the adopting family.

* There is a fee for placing families who only have 1 or 2 remaining embryos. Why? Because sets of 1 or 2 embryos are more difficult to match with our average adopting family who is interested in adopting 4-6 embryos. Snowflakes often matches two placing families who have 1 or 2 embryos each with one adopting family. We do this so the placing family will achieve a match more quickly and to provide the adopting family with the number of embryos they desire. Please contact us to learn more about your options.

Interested In Donating Embryos?

Our Embryo Donation Inquiry Specialist, Jen, is available to answer your questions and get you started on your embryo adoption journey.

Jen Grams

Snowflakes Placing Parent Inquiry Specialist


970-578-9700 x126 | jen@nightlight.org


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