Embryo Adoption

Embryo adoption is a relatively new process, offering hope to families struggling to start a family.

Individuals who have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) have extra frozen embryos that they no longer intend to use. They agree to release them to couples experiencing infertility.

Using an informed consent agreement or contract, the embryo donor transfers full responsibility for the embryos to the adopting couple. These embryos will be transferred to the womb of the adopting mother in hopes of a successful pregnancy and the newborn becomes the legal son or daughter of the adopting couple. Adopting couples can remain anonymous, but they are required to complete a home study. Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions staff have specialized training in completing embryo adoption home studies and can make referrals to reproductive clinics familiar with the embryo donation process.