[QUOTE=rd200]Well, there are SO many different programs in regards to embryo adoption/donation. Some as VERY inexpensive, while others that are more geared towards an actual adoption process are more expensive.
Lets say you go to a Clinic and do an annonymous embryo donation cycle, id say you are looking at anywhere from $3500(cheapest ive heard of) to about $9000. (most ive heard of w/a clinic route)
Then there are some programs like Snowflakes, which require a homestudy and other program fees. I figured out that by the time I paid the program fee, homestudy, transfer fees, and other misc. fees, it was about $13,000 with the program fee and 1 transfer. Now, if that first one doesnt work, then an additional few grand for another transfer. But if you want an Open adoption more like a traditional infant adoption, this may be the route to go.
NEDC also has a good program, a little pricier than some. But they also have the largest selection of embryos in the u.s. to choose from. You can do an open or closed “adoption” with them. THey are a little picky though on you coming to them or having the embryos shipped to your clinic. But ive heard its pretty fast.
There is F.I.R.M. in Florida. They dont advertise their ED program, but its really good from other people that have went there. I think the cost is perhaps around $4500-5000??? Something like that… they have waiting embryos, but as their popularity grows, there will become a waiting list soon im sure.
THen there is Miracles waiting, where you can contact donors on your own and they can contact you and you arrange the whole thing on your own. Transfer, coordination, shipping the embies, legal fees, etc etc. Most people on Miracles wiating want some contact thru out the years. Which is why Donors choose to pick the family their embies are going too, because they want to keep in contact with the family. This can range from just fully identifying information to pics and updates a few times a year to fully open arrangements with visits and phone calls, etc. Sometimes this can be a cheaper option, but the costs CAN add up.
Then there are Double donor programs like California conceptions. you get 3 chances to get pregnant for $12,500 + meds+psych fee+ saline sonogram fee+ travel (since you live clear across the country!) Excellent success rates. Anywhere from 65-75% success. Twins is about 50% rates when transfering 2 embryos. They are a pretty popular and large program because of their “guarantee” program which you have to qualify for. If you do qualify, if your not pregnant after your third cycle, you get your $12,500 back. There are ALOT of requirements for the guarantee though.
I have not heard of many programs in your area. There arent many in the midwest either where I live. Cooper in newjersey comes to mind. I know a few people have used their ED program.
Thank you for all of the information. I am looking into some of the places you listed above. All of the options are confusing but, the information and support is wonderful!
I personally went to the Czech republic for my Embryo donation. We originally tried a match thru miracles waiting, but the costs quickly added up with the lawyer and transfer fees, etc. and was going to be like close to $8000+ so we backed out and after some consideration and alot of praying, we went with a clinic in the CZ. Transfer was $2100, meds were $350ish, and then flight, travel, food, misc. expenses, etc all ended up to be about $6500 total. WE made it into a vacation since weve barely ever been out of our state of Wisconsin. We were there for 6 days, the first 3 we spent sightseeing, then went to clinic for transfer, stayed at hotel for a 1 1/2 days, and then flew home. flight was the most expensive…($2400 for 2 people) but we had a great time and came home with 2 grade A 6 day blasts implanted and am now 36weeks preggos with twins!!!
Since the majority of the clinics patients come there for double donor cycles, the embryos are high quality because they are from donors. But its an Embryo donation program, not a double donor program (if this makes sense)
First Congratulation on your twins! Second, I remember seeing some information about clinics in CZ. But I think I ruled them out because they required you to be married and heterosexual. Do you know if this is the case?
our total cost for our adoption upfront was $17,500. After the tax credit, our total out of pocket was $4000!! And realistically, if your with a good agency/program, its only a matter of time before you are picked and bring home your little one. Which is why i liked the idea of adoption over fertility treatments. There is a pot of gold at the end of the journey, not more heartbreak! (I know some people dont have as good as an experience with adoption, but ours went very smoothly, we just waited a long time for it to happen) [/QUOTE]
I’m always glad to hear about positive adoption experiences! Here in New England with area agencies the domestic infant adoption cost are quoted at a minimum of $25,000. But, more typically $34,000-$47,000. I’m still not clear on why but we have talked with more then 8 agencies and they are all in the same ball park.
While you can put a price on family. Working the expense into the budget does make you question the best path.