How does it work? Usually, embryo donors select a family they would like to receive their embryos first and the recipient family is given the option to accept or reject the recommended embryos. However, embryo recipients can also inquire of embryo donors and we are happy to reach out to them too.
Will we meet with the embryo donors? Most embryo donation programs are anonymous. When working with An Angel’s Gift the level of anonymity and contact can be negotiated. On average, most recipients prefer anonymity while donors prefer some level of contact now or in the future. The relationship with the donating couple can include maintaining anonymity with no future contact, remaining anonymous while leaving the door open for contact sometime down the road through a third party, or becoming known to one another. We leave this decision in the hands of the donor and recipient couples per their comfort level and can help guide you along the way.
How much does it cost me? Fees range from $5,620.00 - $9,471.23 which includes the agency fee, legal, donor psych, genetic counseling, additional infectious disease screens (if using our vendor), and shipping. Our fees are ala-carte meaning recipients do not pay for what they don’t use… we do not adhere to a one price for all program fee mentality.
When are these items earned?
Agency Fees: $500 once your clinic provides conditional non-medical approval – meaning, he or she advises that based on the information they have at hand sans additional medical screening that may preclude those embryos, they would be willing to accept the embryos. The remainder of the agency fee ($3,250.00) is earned after commencement of any medical screening of either gamete donors or the recipient, however some or all of this amount is transferable or refundable if legal transfer is not obtained.
Psychological Evaluation of the Donors: Preformed after conditional non-medical approval.
Genetic Counseling: (if requested by recipients or required by the agency under some circumstances) typically preformed after conditional non-medical approval but before commencement of legal.
Background check: (if requested by donors) typically requested after conditional non-medical approval but before commencement of legal.
Additional Infectious Disease Screens: (if needed) Performed after conditional non-medical approval but before donor and recipient legal.
Donor and recipient legal: Performed after medical approval (FDA screens completed if needed, etc) and typically non-refundable once attorneys commence their work. Pricing will depend on the legal professional in your state.
Cryopersevation fees reimbursements to embryo donors: (if requested) not earned until the contract has been finalized, signed by all parties, and any waiting periods have expired.
Embryo Shipping Fees: Last step! Completed after legal has been finalized and any waiting periods have expired.
Why are these items needed?
Agency Fees: The agency does a lot of work to bring together donors and recipients (match) collect medical records of the donors, refer legal counsel to all parties to obtain legal clearance, arranging psych and genetic counseling, requesting background checks, educating and negotiating terms, working with and communicating between the clinic, donors and recipients, setting up additional infectious disease screens if necessary for embryo FDA eligibility, commencing shipping, etc…
Genetic Counseling: A genetic consult is not the same as genetic testing (blood draw or saliva sample). It may seem duplicative, but there is a huge benefit to genetic counseling. A genetic counselor can interview known gamete donors or review profiles and previous genetic results to understand medical family history. A genetic counselor is trained to dig deeper than physicians and agencies do to identify links for potential increased risks to your offspring for certain inheritable genetic diseases. He or she will provide you with advice and support in your decision to receive the contemplated embryos. Genetic counseling will be required for embryos created with gametes where the donor or their first degree relatives have Mendelian disorders that are autosomal dominant or x linked, Mendelian disorders that are autosomal recessive where the donor is homozygous, or Mental retardation of undocumented etiology.
Psychological Evaluation of the Donors: Required to ensure donors have received adequate counseling regarding the legal relinquishment of their embryos.
Donor and Recipient legal: Legal clearance (contracts) is required to transfer ownership of the embryos (which are quasi property) from the donors to the recipients. Your clinic will REQUIRE this before they will allow you to even start medications.
Background check (if elected) – this is optional and not all donors require it.
Cryo fee reimbursements to donors: this is optional and not all donors require it… but often times it is a huge incentive for donation not to have to continue paying those fees (max one year of cryo fee reimbursements since most clinics charge 6 months – 1 year at a time).
Embryo Shipping Fees: Necessary to ship the embryos from the storing clinic to your clinic through a company that specializes in shipment of human tissues.
Additional Infectious Disease Screens: Required by your clinic if either the sperm donor or egg donor were not screened per FDA standards. Anonymous donors are almost always screened per the FDA requirements, but in sexually intimate partners where the spouse is the gamete donor these screens may not have been done according to the FDA requirements for anonymous donation to another couple (ie YOU).
Will we be screened? Chances are the embryo donors did not have to undergo expensive and invasive home studies or background checks prior to pursuing their own IVF treatment so we remind them it is only fair to treat embryo recipients the same. However, we do offer background checks of recipients to our donors if that is important to them.