The figures behind embryo adoption are surprising to many people. I count myself among them.
For example, did you know?
There are an estimated 1 million frozen embryos in the U.S.
Conservative estimates suggest there are 60,000 frozen embryos available for adoption right now in the U.S. (I would argue this number could be much higher if more couples were aware of this option)
Some adoption agencies work on up to 100 placements of embryos annually, though no national data are kept to reflect total embryo adoptions
The number of embryo transfers in the U.S. far exceeds the number of live babies born through those procedures
Nightlight Christian Adoptions, the first U.S. agency to conduct embryo adoptions, has supported families in giving birth to nearly 600 embryo babies.
These statistics are incredible because they speak to the incredible odds embryo babies overcoming in being born into the world; the incredible love hundreds of parents have shown in placing their embryos; and the incredible opportunity to bring the joy of embryo adoption to more families.
Which of these statistics surprises you the most, and why? Share your reaction by posting a comment below.