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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Video Demonstrates the Power and Value of Embryo Adoption

NCCRM videoIn 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?

  1. The adopting dad is wondering, ‘what if my son meets a biological sibling in the future?’
  2. 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!

Simple, Successful, Snowflakes.