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Crystal Angels Embryo Recipient Program

Crystal Angels Embryo Donation

Crystal Angels is Children's Connections' Embryo program that connects donors with those in need of embryos. The Crystal Angels program consists of all necessary elements for receiving embryos. This program is sometimes referred to as embryo adoption with other groups. CCI works extensively with embryo donors and parents to be, each who gives a priceless gift to the other.

IVF, Egg Donation or other procedures too costly? Receiving Embryos may be a great option!

Opportunity to experience the excitement and anticipation of pregnancy and child birth through the Crystal Angels Embryo Program!

Since you have experienced fertility struggles, you may be considering options such as adoption. As you come to terms with parenting a child who is not genetically related to you, this new type of program might be the right choice to grow your family.

Baby made from embryo adoption

Receiving Crystal Angels Embryos

  • Medical advances in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) have helped many couples achieve their desires to have children. Often, those couples complete their families only to have remaining embryos left in storage.
  • There are 600,000+ embryos in frozen storage in the United States. Now these donor parents can choose to give their embryos opportunity for life through the Crystal Angels Program.
  • This program allows embryo donors to place their remaining embryos with loving parents to be. The recipients then transfer the frozen embryos to the mother’s or a surrogate’s uterus in hopes of giving life to these Crystal Angels.
  • Crystal Angels Program accepts all family types for both donors and recipients.
  • The Crystal Angels Program benefits everyone involved!
  • Fertilized embryos give the opportunity to others to experience the excitement and anticipation of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Embryo donors may participate in selecting parents for their frozen embryos and are able to help another family become parents.

Crystal Angels will provide all necessary elements for receiving embryos.

  • Conduct donor and recipient parent intake, screening and counseling.
  • Provide phone and email consultations.
  • Conduct or review home studies and complete neccesary background checks.
  • Make counseling referrals for donor and recipient parent(s), if requested.
  • Perform donor and recipient parent matching, assisting both parties in selecting a family.
  • Review the embryo legal agreement and obtain signatures from all parties.
  • Facilitate consent and release forms required by donor and recipient parents’ clinics prior to transporting the embryos.
  • Coordinate shipping the embryos from the donors’ clinic to your clinic.
  • Provide support throughout the entire process.
  • We will keep in touch with families including reporting the birth of a child, and help with keeping in contact with both donors and recipients.
Embryo Donor and Embryo Adopter

Crystal Angels Matching Process

The program uses a mutual selection matching process. Donor and recipient families provide Children's Connections with their specific criteria, then Children's Connections matches the two families.

Recipient and donor families may set preferences for the other family on qualities including age, length of marriage, number of children in the household, income, work, childcare plans, prior marriages, ethnicity, age of donors when embryos were created, family type, living location, religion, sexual orientation and level of desired communication. 

Once both parties have decided on a match, the process will move forward to the transfer of the embryos.

Embryos Ready to Be Matched

Caucasian

Caucasian/Unknown

Jamaican/Caucasian

African American

Caucasian

Hispanic

Caucasian

Caucasian

Open to many adopting families

3 Male embryos

Open to any adopting family types

Heterosexual married couple

Heterosexual married couple

Hispanic couple

Open to any adopting family types

Open to any adopting family types

Crystal Angels Steps

  • 1 Inquiry – You will receive detailed information about the program from a Crystal Angels program specialist.
  • 2 Entry into the program – Submit your Service Initiation Agreement with initial payment of the agency fee to begin the home study process. If you live outside of Texas we help you find a reputable home study provider (Cost will be your responsibility).
  • 3 Orientation – You will have an in-depth discussion with the Crystal Angels Program Coordinator about the next steps in the process.
  • 4 Home Study - You will turn in all necessary paperwork needed and a home study professional will visit your home.
  • 5 Complete Profiles and Letters - You will complete a photo book with your pictures and a letter about yourselve(s) to share with donor parents during the matching phase. We will review your book and help provide suggestions too.
  • 6 Photo Book Presented to Donors - Your profile book is presented to donors that are a good match based on mutual desires.
  • 7 Match with Donors Parents - A match occurs when donors and you agree to proceed with matching with each other.
  • 8 Embryo Transfer - Once a match has been made we will facilitate the execution of legal documents. After all formal documents are signed, the legal rights to the embryos are transferred.
  • 9 Clinic Communication - We will work with both the donor's clinic and your to arrange for the embryos to be shipped to the clinic of your choice.
  • 10 Post-Embryo Transfer Support - You will maintain contact with the agency, informing Children's Connections about your embryo transfers, the results of transfers, and the birth of your child(ren) resulting from those transfers. We want to celebrate with you, along with keeping everyone informed of your progress.
Adopted Embryo Baby

Prepping for Your Home Study

Starting on your adoption home study may seem overwhelming! It’s common to think that your home and your lives must be “picture perfect” in order to “pass” a home study. The purpose of the home study is to document your background and home life. Rather than seeking to “inspect” you and your home, your adoption social worker is there to help you think through the process of adding a child to your household. He or she will want to help you be successful throughout your home study and adoption!

Post-Birth Support

CCI provides post-birth support and supervision, which includes one face-to-face visit in the home and monthly contact for six months following the birth of any children. Recipient parents are able to contact Children's Connections at any time for support with parenting transition.

Level of Contact between Donor and Recipients

One of the most common question, from from both donor and recipient families, is about what type of contact you will have with your matched donor family. Most people enter with fear and misunderstanding about what open relationships mean. Embryo donors do not want to co-parent, but instead are seeking parents for the frozen embryos.

Having an open relationship with embryo donors means keeping communication channels open between both your children and their own. Children's Connections staff will work with you and educate you about your choices. We will help you make the decision that is best for you and your growing family.

Contact between the donors and recipients is on a continuum ranging from no contact very open contact. Most of our embryo relationships fall in the range of semi-open, where letters and pictures are shared on a consistent basis throughout the years.

Grants, Fundraising, and Loans Available for Embryo Program

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant is an annual award that provides up to $10,000 to needy, infertile families. These grants assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment or domestic adoption.

Baby Quest Foundation provides financial assistance through fertility grants. Designed for those who cannot afford the high costs of procedures such as IVF, gestational surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, and embryos.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of receiving embryos?

You will have the chance to experience pregnancy and the delivery of your child(ren). If you are a carrier of a genetic disorder, you can prevent your children from inheriting the disorder. You may know the location of your child(ren)'s genetic siblings. At the time of matching you will receive the health, social, education, and genetic history of the donors. 

In most cases, you will know that other embryos created along with yours have produced successful pregnancies and children.

Crystal Angels is historically less expensive than IVF fertility treatments, thus saving you money. 

What are the risks of receiving embryos?

Despite complete medical readiness of the receiving mother to receive the embryo(s) and the extensive testing done to determine the health of the embryo(s), the greatest risk to receiving embryos is that there can be no guarantee of a successful pregnancy. Just like IVF and other fertility treatments, there are no guarantees of medical success. 

Do I have to be a blood match with the donors?

No, you do not have to be a blood match with the donor families. You only need to be sure that your doctor feels you are capable of carrying a baby to full term. 

How many embryos will I receive?

You will receive enough embryos to achieve a successful pregnancy, or up to a minimum of 6 embryos.  

Will I need to complete a home study?

Yes. If you live in Texas we will complete your home study and if you live outside of Texas you will need to hire and pay for your home study. 

The purpose of the home study is to document your background and home life. Rather than seeking to “inspect” you and your home, your social worker is there to help you think through the process of adding a child to your household. He or she will want to help you be successful throughout your home study and Crystal Angels!

As part of the home study process, you will be asked for autobiographical information as well as information regarding your relationship with your spouse if you are married. Plan to complete a fairly extensive application form. You will be asked to provide identification, health statements, income and employment statements. You may need to provide information regarding your bills, debts and assets. Also, you will be asked to provide letters of reference and give contact information for several character references and extended family members.

Beautiful adopted child with parents

Please contact us to learn more information. We would love to discuss Crystal Angels in more detail with you and your family.

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