Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption are similar concepts, and sometimes the terms are used interchangeably.
Embryo donation is one in which the donation is made to someone specific, who knows and is known by the donors. The parties involved have exchanged their full names and other information about themselves, and have reached a mutual agreement regarding the donation of embryos that both couples are comfortable with. It's up to the donors and recipients to determine the level of contact, as well as the type and degree of pertinent information they want to share with each other. Miracles Waiting is in no way a mediator or moderator between donors and recipients, but rather allows these parties the opportunity to settle details between and among themselves.
An anonymous embryo donation occurs when donors and recipients do not know each other's identities. With an anonymous donation, no contact can be made between donor and recipient, either now or in the future. Anonymous donation most often takes place through an IVF centre. Our centre have an embryo donation program provide very limited information to recipients about the donors. Donors are rarely involved in the process of selecting recipients, but sometimes are permitted to set stipulations for eligibility to receive their donation. Some egg donation and surrogate agencies handle embryo donation as well, and can facilitate the exchange of information between parties without revealing their identity.
Many people who have chosen to donate their embryos anonymously do not feel the need to be involved in the process of selecting recipients. It is enough for them to know that they are donating to someone who is facing challenges similar to those they have been through in their quest to have a child.