Embryo Contract Service – $350
Embryo adoption or donation is legally viewed as a property transfer. An embryo contract will be needed in order to proceed with the medical procedures, transportation of the embryos, and frozen embryo transfer. The contract will discuss terms such as what will be done with remaining unused embryos, release of liability of the donor family, confidentiality arrangements, and the rights of the adoptive family. (If a child results from the adopted embryos, the adoptive family can determine at that time whether or not to pursue an optional finalization of the adoption in court.)
*This optional service is non-refundable.
To purchase an “Anonymous” NRFA Embryo Donation Contract, please contact customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Anonymous Embryo Donation Contracts are $550 due to the additional work to keep all parties anonymous.
So, what exactly needs to happen?
In most states, embryo donation is legally considered a property transfer, not a traditional child adoption. That means there are fewer hoops to jump through, saving you both time and money.
Whether you decide to work with a lawyer, agency, or choose to purchase an embryo contract from NRFA, you’ll want to make sure your agreement covers terms like party confidentiality, rights of the recipient family, what will be done with the remaining unused embryos, and release of liability for the donor family.*
How much does embryo donation contract cost?
The legal fees for an attorney can be more than $2,000, but you can buy an embryo contract for $350.00 here (even if you don’t want to match on NRFA). We’ll have your agreement drawn up by our legal team to be notarized and shared across each party.
How long does it take?
At NRFA, we can typically have a contract draft within 5 business days for you to review. From there, it depends on how long the match needs to review it and come up with their changes. The process typically takes no more than 3 or 4 weeks but does depend on how long the match takes to review their draft.
Can You Do Other Documents?
Some clinics request additional documentation at the completion of your contract. This is called a Letter of Legal Clearance. We do not automatically include it in every contract, since not all clinics require it, but if yours does, we can absolutely do this! The fee for a Letter of Legal Clearance is $100 and is written by our attorney on their letterhead.
If you require an amendment to your existing contract to make a change to the agreement that has already been signed or to return embryos when you are done building your family, we can do that as well. Amendment documents are also $100. You will work directly with Customer Support, to purchase any additional documents.
Can You Do “Anonymous” Contracts?
YES! NRFA has recently added the option to do “Anonymous” Embryo Donation Contracts into our legal offerings. These do take additional steps from NRFA and all Parties but we can offer this type of agreement now. Due to the additional workload and documents, “Anonymous” contracts are $550 and need to be discussed with our Customer Support Legal Team, prior to purchase, to ensure all Parties are aware of the process. An “Anonymous” Embryo Donation Contract does take additional time to complete, due to the additional steps needed in the process. We will work with each party individually rather than as a team, as is done in known match contracts. No identifying information of one party (including location) will be shared with the other. We will need a point of contact at your clinic (or storage facility, for donors) so they can be reached via email if needed.
*Not so scary fine print: Since we’re not lawyers, keep in mind that we’re not able to provide legal advice. If you have specific questions and your embryo donation contract, we encourage you to contact a lawyer or we can connect you with the legal team we work with frequently.
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