· Heterosexual married couple
· Married at least three years
· Undergo and pass a home study
· A doctor’s note stating there are “no contraindications to pregnancy” is necessary for potential adoptive mothers
· Mutual matching services (more on that later)
· Mediation services between both genetic and adoptive parties (optional post birth)
· Average of two to four month wait for matching. The more open one’s preferences, the faster the match.
· Please view the fee link below for a more detailed list of services provided by Cedar Park
· In short, Cedar Park’s fee is $5175 ($375 application fee and $4800 program fee). This fee covers matching, counseling, communication mediation, and records keeping.
· The fee does not cover the required home study, the embryo transfer, or the necessary medications.
· Cedar Park offers an optional in-house home study for $1400, if desired.
· There is no additional fee if you need to be rematched (in the event the first set of embryos and subsequent transfer(s) did not result in live birth).
· You do not owe Cedar Park anything if there are embryos remaining from your match after a successful pregnancy. All embryos in a set are considered yours and you may transfer them at a convenient time. You do need to notify Cedar Park of the outcome of subsequent transfers though.
· They have a limited amount of multi-ethnic embryos (there is limited availability of these nationwide – Cedar Park seems to be about average)
· The mutual matching process is facilitated by the Cedar Park staff. The staff presents genetic parents with a potential adoptive family’s profile. Cedar Park has already screened both parties ensuring all basic preferences are met. Genetic parents (GP) say yes or no to match. If yes, the adoptive family will be sent the GP’s profile for review. If no, Cedar Park’s staff chose another set of GP to consider the adoptive family’s profile. The match is only complete when both parties are in agreement and the contracts are signed.
· Cedar Park offers open, semi-open, or closed adoptions. Genetic parents participate in the matching in all these scenarios.
· Adoptive parents receive the following in a genetic parents’ profile:
o Basic info on embryos – number, developmental stage, date frozen
o Biography of donating parents
o Pictures of donating parents and their children, if applicable
o Medical history
o All the embryos in the set
· Most genetic parents prefer some degree of openness. This could range from minimal involvement (the GP’s just want active participation in the matching process and notification of any resulting pregnancies) to full openness (GP’s correspond regularly with adoptive family through facebook or email or phone).
· Cedar Park will provide post-birth mediation, as desired, between the GP’s and adoptive parents.
· Optional counseling is offered to all involved parties.
· No selective reduction is allowed.
· No surrogates are allowed.
· Per the Cedar Park contract, adoptive parents are allowed to transfer no more than two embryos per transfer attempt.