Nightlight Weekly Recap Jan. 2014

It was a busy, but exciting week for our crew here at the Nightlight Christian Adoptions one which certainly helped the good news of adoption in all forms. We wanted to take a moment to recap some of the events happening this week just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

China Adoption in the Spotlightchina collage

Our very own Dana Woods, the China Program Director at A Helping Hand Adoption Agency (an affiliate agency of Nightlight), was a guest on the Creating a Family radio show. Discussion focused on what it takes to adopt from China including the process, cost and what to expect. If you are considering adding to your family through China adoption, this is an excellent resource to listen to.

Hear the complete interview on


Embryo Adoption on Family Talk Radio

This past Wednesday, the Strege family, the very first Snowflake family, appeared on the Family Talk radio broadcast with Dr. James Dobson for a 25-minute interview. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to hear how embryo adoption started, the Strege’s amazing story and how embryo adoption can help you achieve your dream of achieving pregnancy. To listen to the full broadcast visit the Family Talk website.

HawkinsfamilyFox News Focuses on Embryo Adoption

Continuing an awesome week of exposure and awareness, Fox News featured embryo adoption on their website, telling the story of the Hawkins family. Enjoy an excerpt of the moving story below.

“Stephanie Hawkins is one of the 6.7 million women in the U.S. who struggle with infertility. But when she and her husband Ben realized they wouldn’t be able to have biological children, the Rochester, NY couple decided it was time to try to start their family another way.”

To read the full story visit  One correction to the article: Fox refers to Snowflakes and Nightlight as a clinic, but this is not the case.  Nightlight is a licensed adoption agency, and employs the best practices of adoption to the process of embryo donation.  In this sense, we are an indispensable partner to clinics, as we provide the strong social work model that gives clients the confidence to donate and adopt.  In addition, the article notes Snowflakes® policy of non-discrimination, as a California-based social welfare agency.  For more about this policy click here.

To learn more about all of your adoption options including Domestic, International, Embryo, Foster Care and Home Studies, visit

Merry Christmas! The Miracle of Human Growth and Development

embryo to baby 2Excerpts from a speech made by L. Ralph Rohr, M.D., January 24, 1988

Two microscopic cells, egg and sperm, each smaller than a speck of dust, whose survival is short and their usual destiny is death, but for a unique encounter, in a unique time and place.

Two separate incomplete ones, part of a man and part of a woman, unite and literally become one new being. A new conception, a new person.

Though diminutive and insignificant to the ignorant and arrogant eye, this whole wholly unique person, held entirely in a space no more than 1/10th the width of a hair, is proportionately filled with more life than any living form. Everything is there and full of vitality.

Magnified Inside is a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity. What we would be witnessing would be an object resembling an immense automated factory, a factory larger than a city and carrying out as many unique functions as all the manufacturing activities of man on earth. However, it would be a factory which would have one capacity unequalled in any of our own most advanced machines, for it is capable of replicating its entire structure within matter of a few hours!

In the journey from 1 cell to the 30 million cells on an adult person, this act of cell doubling will occur only 45 times and 41 of those doublings will occur before the person is born.

In the first 8 weeks after conception this incredible feat will occur 30 times, as a unique and never to be copied miniature person makes his prodigious journey through inner space. In just 8 weeks he will increase in length over 200 times and in weight more than a billion times, forming an exquisite tiny replica of an adult human being , who measures 1 ¼ inches long and weighs just 1/30th of an ounce. At 8 weeks he is fully formed, all systems in place and linked by a communications network conducting impulses at 300 feet per second.

After 8 weeks he is called a fetus as he waits and grows and learns in his hiding place. He moves with a delightful easy grace in his buoyant world, his comfort determining his position. He responds to pain and touch and cold. He drinks his amniotic fluid, more if it is artificially sweetened, less if it is given an unpleasant taste. He breathes and gets the hiccups and sucks his thumb. He wakes and sleeps and dreams. He will shield his eyes from a bright light, and loud rock music will cause him to cover his ears. His cries can be heard if an air bubble is injected into the womb and surrounds his head. He clearly senses the mood of his mother and other persons around her.

For many, all of this is one cosmic accident, and man is the supreme accident! But here at Nightlight we believe it is God’s Spirit who causes this amazing life and growth of each and every person, from a single microscopic speck in the womb.

It is why we are committed to the lives of all embryos donated to our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program and to those remaining in frozen storage, awaiting the decision regarding their future.

Ponder anew this Christmas the good news that “God became flesh and dwelled among us!” He came to provide us all a way to be friends with God once more.


It’s A Girl!

The Gassmans

Kelli, Dan and Trevor Gassman

On the September 30 episode of The Katie Show, Kelli and Dan Gassman announced they are pregnant with their embryo adopted son Trevors genetic sibling. They said they would know the gender of the baby until November 8. Well, that date has passed and & drum roll please…. the Gassmans are welcoming a daughter into their family. CONGRATULATIONS!

Welcome baby girl Gassman to the Snowflake family too. Watch the Gassman’s full segment on The Katie Show on

Our Ethical Obligation to Embryos

ethicseth•i•cal [eth-i-kuh l] adjective

1. pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.

2. being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession.

What is our moral obligation toward embryos? Nightlight developed the Snowflakes program in order to give remaining frozen human embryos more respect than they were/are being given in the U.S. and throughout the world. Nightlight believes in supporting children in all stages of their biological development: from the pre-born to the older child waiting in an orphanage system for a family.

The Snowflakes program gives people with remaining embryos the opportunity to give those embryos life – life for which they were originally created. It gives the remaining embryos the greatest respect because they are being treated with the exact same standards applied to children who have already been born and are being adopted. The Snowflakes program was established to help bring about a moral solution to an immoral problem created by medical science: too many remaining embryos in frozen storage. It is a solution that promotes life and not death. Embryos can remain frozen forever – certain death. They can be donated to science – certain death. They can be thawed and discarded – certain death. They can be given to another family in an attempt to give these embryos life – the only life option available to remaining embryos.

Read World Magazine’s recent article on the moral imperative of embryo adoption.

Did You Miss It? We Have You Covered

video of Katie ShowKatie Couric recently dedicated the opening segment of her nationally syndicated talk show to embryo donation and adoption. The segment, titled “Snowflake Babies” focused on the story of embryo adoptive parents Kelly and Dan Gassman and their 9-month-old son Trevor. Dr. Robin Poe Zeigler, a Reproductive Endocrinologist from New Hope Fertility Center, and our very own Kimberly Tyson, Marketing and Program Director of the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, also appeared on the show.

If you were unable to see the show, or you want to watch it again, we have made the full segment available on

Watch, share and help spread the good word about this exciting adoption choice.

Embryo Adoption Awareness Center Receives Two New Grants

confettiNightlight’s Embryo Adoption Awareness Center (EAAC), having submitted comprehensive proposals based on previous successes, is pleased to announce being awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of these grants is to increase public awareness of embryo donation and adoption, and ultimately increase the number of children being born through this exciting adoption choice.

With the new grants, we will continue our outreach to adoption and fertility clinic professionals across the nation, expand our outreach to OB/GYNs to include three new target regions and continue providing informational services to potential embryo donors and adopters who reach out to the Awareness Center team directly.

As we begin our new grant, we are looking forward to a great year of webinars, live chats, blogging, social media, and most of all, connecting with you and helping you understand embryo donation and adoption.

Learn more about embryo donation and adoption on the Awareness Center website, by chatting with us live, or by contacting us directly at 970-663-6799.

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