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As awareness and interest in donating and adopting frozen embryos increases, the question of “how do we or should we tell the children?” begins to arise. The same question has circulated for decades in the traditional adoption field and has influenced numerous research studies, programs and books. While many of the circumstances surrounding traditional adoption and embryo adoption are similar, embryo adoption is still very distinct because it is so much more personal and unique.
Children’s books on traditional adoption are plentiful and help to reinforce to the child why they are special and loved. Some of these could have crossover value to the parents of embryo adopted children, but they don’t tell the whole story. That’s why we are happy to make you aware of resources geared specifically toward embryo adopted children.
The NEDC collaborated with University of Tennessee psychology professor, Dr. Sally B. Hunter, to create a heartwarming book called Training Wheels: How Did I Get Here? The story follows a five year-old boy named Miles and the new bike he gets for his birthday from his special friend, Mike. Miles’ parents explain that Mike’s mom and dad generously donated their remaining embryos and he was born as a result of their loving gift.
The book is told in a delightful rhyming pattern using words that are easy for preschoolers to understand and a storyline that will help to satisfy their curiosity about their history. Fun and colorful illustrations by Tyler Garrison saturate the book and enhance its appeal to young children.
Another book on embryo adoption is Chosen and Loved, written by adoptive mom Sharon Kazmierczak. It’s a delightful story about a bear and bunny who present the concept of embryo adoption to the youngest of readers. As this is a keepsake book, there are a number of pages which you are encouraged to personalize with your own pictures so that this isn’t just a story about embryo adoption, but becomes your child’s story about how they became a part of their forever family. It is available on Amazon.
Finally, Ready-Made Sweetie: All Mixed Up is written by Whitney Williams, a mother to adopted embryos and an employee of WORLD Magazine. The book follows a delightful cupcake couple using donated cupcake mix to create their sweet family—all that’s left is a bake in Mrs. Cupcake’s oven! It is available on Amazon.