Making It Official: The Embryo Donation Contract

Found an amazing family for your precious embryos? Connected with the donors you’ve been dreaming of? Or maybe you’re just curious what the future holds when you finally do. Making your match official requires some legal legwork. But once the embryo donation contract is signed, sealed, delivered – they’re yours!

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 less 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 embryo 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 purchase an embryo contract for $399.00 (even if you don’t want to match on NRFA) under the “Services” section of our portal. We’ll have your agreement drawn up by our legal team, with revisions dictated by the donor and recipient who are using the legal agreement, to be notarized and shared across each party. Since our attorney will work on behalf of both Parties and is the NRFA attorney, we encourage an independent legal review with a non-NRFA attorney. This ensures you have a full understanding of the legal agreement, however is not required unless your specific clinic requires it.

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.

Interested in the NRFA contract services? Click here to learn more and purchase the NRFA contract service.

*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.