National Embryo Donation Center

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What We Do

Thanks for checking out the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC)! Feel free to click around our website to see if embryo donation/embryo adoption is right for you. First, though, here’s a quick look at what we do.

Giving Life. Giving Hope.

Now in its fifth decade, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproduction technologies (ART) have been the answer to many families’ baby prayers. However, this success has created a surplus of frozen human embryos. That surplus is estimated at roughly 1,500,000 in the United States. Many biological parents store their frozen embryos for future use. But when those parents have completed their families, they must decide what to do with their remaining embryos. Donating them to another infertile couple is an increasingly popular option. It benefits both the genetic family and the recipient family.

Embryo donation, sometimes called embryo adoption, offers embryos the potential of birth. It also allows the recipient mother the chance to carry her adopted child and control the prenatal environment.

Embryo donation can be an opportunity for many who have given up hope of ever raising a child. Located in Knoxville, TN, the NEDC is the world’s leading nonprofit organization helping both embryo donors and recipients.

Why Choose the NEDC?

Many choose to adopt through the NEDC because of the superior pregnancy rates our families achieve. (54% in the most recent reporting year). Many donate embryos through the NEDC because of the peace of mind provided by our home study requirement, which means your embryos will go to a stable, healthy family. And all are reassured by our two-decade-long track record and commitment to keep strengthening the NEDC long-term, ensuring the ability of embryo donors and recipients to receive and share information in the future.

Our cutting-edge work has garnered news coverage from national and international media outlets such as Axios, The Today Show on NBC, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Washington Post,The New York Times, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, BBC, CNN, The Gospel Coalition, People Magazine and The New York Post.

Considering embryo donation or adoption is a big decision that has both emotional and financial concerns. We invite you to browse our website, check out videos like the one below, and find answers to many of the questions you may have.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has accredited the NEDC. That means we hold to established standards for financial accountability and transparency. When you give to the NEDC, you can be confident your money is going directly to our mission of helping children and families through embryo donation and adoption!

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Embryo Adoption Stories

Do you want more personal information about embryo donation and adoption? Read stories from NEDC families who have walked through this journey.

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Children's Books for Your Family

How do you tell your children about their unique adoption, or should you? Check out several books that will help satisfy your child’s curiosity about where they came from and reinforce your love for them.

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Questions and Answers

Have questions about embryo adoption? You are not alone. We can answer some of those most frequently asked by those curious about this life-affirming family-building option.

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Embryo Adoption

Check out this quick video in which one couple explains why embryo adoption was the best choice for them. (And meet their adorable son.)

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Apply for Adoption

We understand your desire to complete your family, and embryo adoption allows you an adoption alternative to experience pregnancy and childbirth.

Apply for Donation

This is your chance to give life and hope to another family! Thank you for valuing these precious lives. Begin filling out the NEDC application to donate embryos.

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National Embryo Donation Center
11126 Kingston Pike Knoxville
TN 37934

Phone: 865-777-2013
Fax: 865-777-2016
Toll-Free: 866-585-8549

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