Katie 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 EmbryoAdoption.org.
Watch, share and help spread the good word about this exciting adoption choice.
Nightlight’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.
In North Carolina a couple recently gave birth to a baby boy using donated embryos. The video details why they chose to use donor embryos. It also shares the perspectives of the donor couple.
What were two of the issues raised by each family?
The adopting dad is wondering, ‘what if my son meets a biological sibling in the future?’
The difficult decision made by the donor family to gift their embryos to another family.
The process of embryo adoption, offered by the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program since 1997, is a solution for both of these issues.
The donor family gets to choose who receives their embryo gift. They know that the family who receives them isn’t just ‘Joe and Nancy clinic patient’; the family they choose has been counseling by professional social workers and properly vetted to provide the donor with confidence in their family selection.
The adopting family knows and is known by the donor family at a mutually agreed upon level. The likelihood of their biological siblings meeting unexpectedly in the future in minimized by the embryo adoption process – one of its strongest points!
Nightlight Christian Adoptions’ Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program is supporting Dr. Erick Blyth, from the University of Huddersfield, England and Dr. Lusy Frith from the University of Liverpool, England, in an online survey to investigate the nature and frequency of contact between families who have built their family by means of embryo adoption and the couples who provided the embryo(s).
If you either provided or received embryos via the Snowflakes Program AND
At least one child has been born as a result AND
You are in contact with your provider or recipient couple AND
You are interested in taking part in this study, please follow either of the following links-
Congratulations to the Nightlight Colorado adoption agency professional staff!
On Tuesday of this week the state of Colorado adoption licensing division visited our offices for their annual review of our services. The licensing staff completed a thorough examination of our adoption services over the past year and makes note of any areas of deficiency needing correction or improvement. We a pleased to report that our Colorado adoption office was found to have zero, none, nada issues at this time, and we passed with flying colors!
Our Colorado adoption offices in Loveland and Aurora will continue to provide you with excellent domestic, international, embryo adoption and home study services. We also provide post adoption counseling services throughout the state.
New developments are also on the horizon for Nightlight. At the end of this year we are excited to announce that Nightlight Colorado will begin serving children in foster care.
Nightlight would like to encourage you to respond to this multi-national online survey of the attitudes and practices of people regarding assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
As many of you know, our Snowflakes program was created to both help people who have used ART choose a positive solution for remaining frozen human embryos through embryo donation and to help families achieve their hope of pregnancy and childbirth.
Since 1997 there have now been over 330 babies born to Snowflake families as a result of the generosity of many embryo donations.
The primary investigator of the study is Dr. Megan Best, an Australian physician and recent author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Matthias Media, 2012). The survey is being sponsored in the U.S. by the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (CBHD).
The following was written by Heather Hanna, a Nightlight adoptive mother.
We are a full time ministry family blessed with six children (three teens born to us and three younger children born in our hearts from South Korea). The beautiful picture in Scripture of God adopting us into His family has been made more precious since our adoption journeys began in 2005. God moved in our hearts to consider South Korea and then moved us out of comfort zone into special needs adoption from that country; suddenly, we found ourselves going from a family with three kids to six in just 2 ½ years. We made very little money at the time, but God in His amazing heart for orphans always answered and took care of our every need through three different back-to-back adoptions. It’s been almost four years since our youngest came home from Korea and all of this time we prayed that God would open more doors for us to adopt again. Our family size as well as restrictions in our new state seemed to make adoption closed to us and our hearts ached as we waited for God to move.
We’ve known about Nightlight for many years and have known many families who have used them for their agency. What we were about to find out was that Nightlight was more than an agency, it was a family of believers who would pray for you, cheer for you and rejoice when God answered your prayers. In March of this year, we received an email about special case embryos from Nightlight. I have to admit I don’t always open these emails for fear my heart will be torn when God wasn’t yet opening doors, but that day I read. When I began reading it surprised me to hear of genetic families who were open to older moms (I am currently 40) and many children being in a family already. The idea of special case embryos (at risk for a possible genetic issue) thrilled my heart in a way that can only be explained as God moving. What happened next was amazing too. I sent my husband a message through Instant Messenger, and we chatted back and forth. We agreed that we are pro-life and being pro-life means defending life from it’s very beginning, so surprisingly he agreed to have me call and ask questions (one way we know God is moving in our hearts is when we both agree on a direction He is taking us!). I first talked to someone from Nightlight and instantly felt at peace with their friendliness as well as their resourcefulness. The next days were a whirlwind of activity as God supernaturally opened up a homestudy agency in our state that would help us with regulations against large families and we found a clinic a few hours from our home that we felt was the right place. Still, we thought is this crazy? What will our church say? What will our families say? How can we know this is God moving? We prayed and a few days later we received an email from Nightlight telling us that a genetic family had come forward and their embryos were special case embryos and they were Korean-American. We couldn’t believe that a loving God would so care for us and our heart that He would give us a potential match that would fit beautifully with the family He had given us. Continue reading →