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Embryo Adoption

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Embryo adoption is a unique decision and each embryo is a unique creation, precious and valuable – a life full of potential. Forever Bound Adoption, in conjunction with Nightlight Christian Adoptions’ Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program, is proud to offer this unique service to couples within Utah, Idaho and adjoining states. Embryo adoption helps not only couples who want to give birth to their adopted child, but those couples who have been through the infertility process and are now storing frozen embryos. Considered “life,” they do not want to destroy these remaining embryos but would love to place them with pre-approved families. Through Forever Bound Adoption and Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, these placing parents have the opportunity to choose an adoptive couple who is home study approved, prepared, trained, background screened, and meets their preferences for adopting their embryo.


The Snowflakes team first takes into consideration the preferences of the placing parents in selecting a family to adopt their remaining embryos. The adopting family also provides the team with a set of preferences in a match. Family matching is done with these preferences in mind, leading to many successful matches throughout the history of the Snowflakes program.


The frozen embryo transfers can occur at the clinic where the embryos were created originally, or the adopting family may use one of the Snowflakes preferred partner fertility clinics for their frozen embryo transfer.


The Snowflakes program fee includes the legal contracts for your embryo adoption.


To view a list of frequently asked questions regarding embryo adoption, click here.


The fixed Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program fee is $8,000. In addition, there are two variable fees for services required to complete a Snowflakes Embryo Adoption. These fees will cover the cost of your home study and frozen embryo transfer.

Embryo Adoption Home Study

Snowflakes follows the best practices of adoption and requires that an adoption home study be completed by the adopting family. This helps donating families have confidence that the adoption family has been appropriately evaluated and is a safe and loving family. This process ensures the safety and protection of any children born as a result of the embryo adoption process. Your adoption home study will be completed by Forever Bound Adoption.

Your Embryo Adoption Home Study includes:
• Embryo Adoption Education
• Adoption Education (parenting a child not related to you)
• Background Verification
• Verification of Family Resources (income, health insurance, child care, family support, etc.)
• Review of Family Home Space
• Discussion of Parenting Attitudes and Abilities
• Family References
• Counseling

Cost: $700.00

A complete breakdown of the costs associated with the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program can be found here.

Forever Bound Love

We donated our three embryos. We are so excited for the adoptive family who now have their baby on the way! Our entire family, including my sons, ages three and five, are very proud of our decision and so excited we can bring such joy to another family.

– Scott and Gayle, Adoptive Parents

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Embryo Adoption may be an option for you

Adoption Financing Options

A number of organizations provide financial aid and grants to adoptive families. We have collected information about such organizations to help you find the resources that meet your family’s needs.

Many employers offer adoption benefits. If your employer does not offer adoption benefits, your company might be willing to consider becoming a more adoption friendly workplace. Speak with your HR department to determine what benefits your employer offers. If benefits are available, be sure to use them! If not, consider providing your employer with an Adoption Friendly Workplace kit from the Dave Thomas Foundation.

Debt-free Adoption Webinar | Julie Gumm, Adoptive Mother and Author, Adopt without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption, talks about strategies you can use to adopt a child debt-free.

How to Afford Adoption | For Creating a Family with Dawn Davenport, Dawn interviews the director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the founder of affordingadoption.com. Topics include grants, loans, tax credits, employee benefits, and fundraising for adoption.

Resources4Adoption | A one-stop resource for grants, loans, and advice about funding your adoption.

Adoption Fundraising Infographic | Find ten resources, fun activities and fundraising campaigns that will help offset the cost of adoption.

A payment timeline allows agency fees and adoption costs to be staggered over the course of the adoption process, enabling you to plan ahead for costs, but making it unnecessary to have all of the fees in savings when you begin the process. The fees are broken down and collected in increments, with the majority of the costs due at, or shortly after, the time you receive referral information about a child. The entire amount will need to be paid at or before the time of placement.

Your Adoption Finance Coach

To help you navigate the world of adoption financing, Forever Bound has partnered with Your Adoption Finance Coach, a comprehensive system that includes live coaching, on-demand training videos, budget and planning templates, and an online gift registry service, to provide adoptive families with the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption.

With Your Adoption Finance Coach, Forever Bound families will have access to training and funding application templates, one-on-one consultations, assistance with creating and implementing a finance plan, opportunities to join an adoption finance boot camp, and more.

Register for Finance Coach Portal

Current Forever Bound Families: Please email us to create a login for immediate access to Your Adoption Finance Coach portal. Once you’ve logged into the portal, you will have access to the many resources made available through this service.