For men and women who are not able to have a biologic child, or for women who are not able to carry a pregnancy, there are still options for building a family. These include:
- Donor sperm or eggs
- Donor embryos
- Gestational carrier or surrogate (another woman carries a pregnancy with your embryos)
The resources below can provide you with additional information on alternative family building options.
Search within each site for specific topics.
- Adoptive Families
- Adoptive Parents Committee
Local chapters hold monthly meetings that enable you to learn about adoption and speak with adoptive parents; organization also sponsors an annual adoption conference.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Joint Council on International Children’s Services
Posts news and information about international adoption.
- Yahoo Groups: Adoption after Cancer
Search “Adoption after Cancer.”
- American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Things to consider in selecting an attorney include experience, state licensure, other services provided (for example, helping you find a birth mother), and how services are charged (flat fee or by the hour.)
- National Foster Care and Adoption Directory
Select your state and the type of agency you are looking for (i.e., public, private domestic, private intercountry.)
- Intercountry Adoption