When you think about adoption, often international adoption or a newborn baby come to mind. At Lutheran Family Service, we’re involved with a third type of adoption. Embryo Adoption (embryo rescue) is the process of adopting frozen embryos that were created through In Vitro Fertilization by couples experiencing difficulty with conception. These embryos are created in a petri dish. Some will be implanted in the mother’s womb. But, other embryos will be frozen and sometimes a family decides they have completed building their family and there are still some remaining embryos left in frozen storage for an indefinite amount of time. These embryos are often available for adoption! Embryos are LIFE WITH POTENTIAL – not potential life!
Many couples have experienced infertility. One option they may have pursued is In Vitro Fertilization. In Vitro Fertilization is the process in which a woman’s egg is fertilized outside of her body. As of 2011, there were more than 600,000 embryos accounted for in a frozen state. This number is expected to have increased over the past 5 years to over a million. Many of these embryos are available for adoption!
Kim Laube Director of Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption at Lutheran Family Service speaks on this issue. Click here to listen to Kim’s great informative interview with World Lutheran News Digest as she explores embryo adoption in depth with host Kip Allen.