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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.
Treasure Babies invites you to join Strive, Ora, and their fishy friends as they struggle against the tide through the pain of infertility and discover the hope that doctors and embryo adoption can bring, the miracle of new life, and the beauty of shared treasure. Written and illustrated by two moms who’ve been there, this book, which includes a dedication page, family discussion questions, and a designated area to share your own child’s story, is sure to be a helpful tool for years to come. It is available on Amazon.
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.
Another offering we recommend is You Were Made for Me. Follow a couple as they experience the hopes, dreams and disappointments of creating a family and how the generosity and love of others can grow into the most wonderful gift. You Were Made For Me is a children’s book that takes a look into the unique and wonderful journey of embryo adoption. It is available on Amazon.