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 CreatingAFamily.org.

 

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 FoxNews.com.  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 Nightlight.org.

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 EmbryoAdoption.org.

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

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.

New Embryo Adoption Study

survey 2Nightlight 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-

For Embryo Providers- http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/hud/embryoproviders
For Embryo Providers- http://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/hud/embryorecipients

This survey will be available until Saturday, August 31, 2013.