Embryo Adoption: Private, Agency or Clinic? Private

This month we are exploring the 3 methods you can choose to seek an Embryo Adoption/Donation:

Private, Agency, or Clinic?

It is important to know the benefits and drawbacks to each of these so that you can choose the right method for your individual situation. Every adoption agency and fertility clinic handles this process in a unique way. Some organizations require steps that elongate the process but are intended for your benefit. Private methods of embryo matching will allow you to control the length of the process but puts more responsibility on your shoulders. Some families choose to match themselves with an embryo donor by posting a profile online or networking through personal relationships.

This week: Private Matching 


  • Decreased Cost. You can achieve the same end goal (Embryo Adoption / Donation) without incurring an agency or program fee.
  • Open Selection. Instead of viewing one profile at a time, you can view multiple profiles and select the one most compatible with your family.
  • Increased Flexibility. Many benefits to an adoption agency and fertility clinic programs become optional in a private match. When matching privately you can still request/complete a home study, background checks, and an intermediary to moderate communication; although these are not mandatory.
  • Increased Control. Instead of allowing the process to be regulated by an adoption agency or fertility clinic, you can take control over the pace, communication, and decisions.


  • Increased Responsibility. Once a private match has been secured, the responsibility is upon you and the embryo donating family to arrange for the legal, medical, and logistical necessities of the donation.
  • Decreased Security. Even though it is not required with a private match, it is highly recommended that you receive professional legal counsel and medical guidance before committing to a match.
  • Decreased Support. You may not have a third-party caseworker to guide you through the process and will need to depend upon professional legal counsel, medical guidance, support groups, or customer service departments to answer questions that may arise.

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