An Angels Gift values the sanctity of life. We believe that every
embryo has a face and deserves a chance at life and we ask our
intended parents not to destroy their unused embryos.
In cases of IVF, embryo destruction is rare. Most times intended
parents wish to use all of their embryos for sibling projects. AAG
fully supports this. However, when a decision must be made regarding
excess embryos because you feel your family planning is complete we
simply ask that you consider alternatives to embro destruction.
It is important to understand that neither the Agency or your
selected Donor can tell you what to do with your remaining embryos.
Contractually, the embryos are referred to as the property of the
Intended Parents. In addition to this, your embryos are protected by
HIPAA law. Thereby, any decision you make regarding your unused
embryos is between you and your doctor. AAG will not get involved in
any personal decisions you make regarding your family planning.
Our AIM is simply to provide information regarding positive
alternatives to embryo destruction.
Medical advancements in science as they relate to third party
reproduction have brought about many life changing opportunities for
families who were unable to have children by conventional methods.
Alongside these advancements however, come numerous ethical concerns.
One of the difficult questions couples find themselves faced with is
deciding what to do with their remaining embryos.
As more and more couples turn to IVF the number of unused embryos
increases. Estimates suggest that the current number of cryopreserved
embryos in America is an alarming 500,000.
Couples now have numerous options they can consider as alternatives
to discarding their embryos. One of these options is to allow their
clinic to donate the remaining embryos to another couple. Another
promising alternative parents may choose is to give their embryos up
Unlike embryo donation, an embryo adoption* mimic's
traditional adoption in that the biological parents can chose the
couple who will adopt their embryos. Agencies like NightLight’s
Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption program give the genetic family the
peace of mind of knowing that they are handpicking the family that
will raise their children. Much like a traditional adoption the
adoptive family will undergo a home study, educational classes of
parenting an adopted child, and are pre-screened for a criminal
history and child abuse record. In addition many programs like
Snowflakes® offer to arrange for open communication between the
genetic and adopting parents (as much as both parties are comfortable
For FAQ and more information about Snowflakes® you can download
their Fact Sheet or visit their website. For a list of other Embryo
Adoption Agencies, please visit
So what does all of this mean to you, the prospective parent? In its
simplest form it means that we ask you to sign a good faith agreement
which is addressed in your agency contract stating that you will not
discard unused embryos (if any), donate them to scientific research,
or selectively reduce any existing pregnancies. In doing so you are
giving us your word that you have every intention to fulfill this
promise. However, it is important to note that An Angel’s Gift cannot
and will not hold you legally liable for any decisions you make
regarding your unused embryos or your decision to selectively reduce
any existing pregnancies (hence the term ‘good faith’).
An Angel’s Gift will not discriminate on the method you choose to save
your embryos. This is a very personal decision that will be left up to
you and your partner since this choice needs to adhere to what you
deem to be best for your family and future offspring. The decision to
allow another family to give birth to, and raise, your biological
offspring is not one to be taken lightly and should be discussed in
depth with your partner and counselor.
Embryo and excess ova disposition will be addressed in your contract
with your egg donor and explained in detail to her by her legal
counsel. She has the right to request that her written consent be
obtained prior to any excess ova or embryos being donated for
reproductive purposes but this must be negotiated and agreed to by the
intended parents. An Angel’s Gift cannot advise either party on such
In general we prefer that a donor’s genetic material not be
distributed to more than six families. In cases where embryo
adoption* or donation would increase this number we would
like to be made aware of the recipients’ location and any resulting
pregnancies. This information allows us to keep all recipient families
(when possible) informed of resulting children for their own awareness.
AAG does not facilitate embryo adoptions or donations. Embryo donation
facilitation and FDA screening compliance is the responsibility of the
intended parents as well as any financial obligations that may exist
between the clinic, storage facility, and potential recipients. AAG
may, however, assist with records transfers for any required documents
necessary to facilitate the embryo donation that the intended parents
may not possess for whatever reason.
* Legally an embryo is contractually referred to as
property. Only a born person can be adopted and adhere to the
definition of adoption as would be outlined in a contract.
Therefore, the term ‘adoption’ as used in this website in conjunction
with embryos is not a legal term but is used to portray a concept.
Giving embryos to another family can mimic the process of traditional
adoption in that the biological parents can choose the couple who will
receive their embryos.
Furthermore, agencies like Nightlight’s Snowflakes® Embryo
Adoption program require the recipient family to undergo a home study,
educational classes of parenting an adopted child, and are
pre-screened for a criminal history and child abuse records. In
addition, Snowflakes® will arrange for open communication between
the genetic family and adopting parents (as much as both parties are
Snowflakes® is a registered trademark of Nightlight® Christian Adoptions