Adoption Project


Agency Basics:


Name: Friends of Hope


Location: Clearwater, FL


Ownership: Privately owned by the six founders


Services:


§ Private adoptions of children with a specialty in frozen embryo adoption- within the US only


§ Also offer crisis counseling (for women who are considering giving up their children for adoption.)


Employees:


§ 6 Founders - consisting of two lawyers and four with social work backgrounds


§ 2 Agency Counselors – Each went through giving up their kids for adoption and can offer real life experience.


§ 1 Accountant


§ 1 Receptionist


Company Story/ Purpose:


The business that we have formed is a private adoption agency. Formed in 1997, we have successfully handled over 600 adoptions.[TR1] We are located in Clearwater, Fl and came about as a joint effort of six women who wanted to come together to help other girls and women in need of finding a home for their babies and for providing loving parents with a healthy child. Each of us are equal owners in the business and have invested financially in our company. We also strive to be wise and resourceful in seeing that all aspects of our business run smoothly. We consist of four women, educated with social work backgrounds and two of us are attorneys. This ensures that we can contribute to both the counseling that will be necessary and also cover the legal aspects of any binding contracts that will arise with the adoption process. (SH)


In the world of adoption we understand that couples have many choices and agencies available to them. The media and other outlets are also an unending source of bad experiences about the adoption process. Because of this we understand that our company will always face challenges in this industry. However, we approach our calling to this field by giving of our time, experience, and love of what we do. It is our hope that by giving of ourselves to our adoptee children, clients, and our community, our company will stand out not only in the adoption industry, but in the business community as well. (TR)


Friends of Hope also specializes in the adoption of frozen embryos. This service enables the adoption of frozen embryos that are transferred by IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization. This special adoption process gives adults with frozen embryos a chance to give them up for adoption rather than destroy them. It is also a great adoption alternative for some parents who would like to experience the pregnancy and birth process, but are unable to conceive through conventional methods. (TR)



Three Proposed Moral Issues:




1. Frozen Embryo Adoption


We have come to embrace and accept all the new changes in technology that affect our agency. There is a continuing debate on the new approach of adopting out frozen embryos. Our agency has become one of only a handful of specialized organizations to openly agree with and condone providing frozen embryos to infertile couples. We have an established relationship with a doctor and his fertility clinic and we offer our services as needed in situations involved with this complex and often controversial issue. (SH)


Our company understands that the adoption of frozen embryos presents some unique moral challenges to the parents that are giving up their embryos, as well as for the couples adopting them. First and foremost, we recognize that the adoption of frozen embryos is not a conventional method of adoption. In technical terms these children are not yet born and are not out in the world waiting for a home. For the parents that have frozen embryos that they do not wish to use, it is a very complex decision as to whether or not they should give up these embryos or have them destroyed. To them these embryos represent part of their hope for a family. Most of them resulted from a harvesting process in which the couple tried to conceive as many viable embryos as possible. It is very common that after giving birth to some of these embryos, the couple does not wish to have any additional children. Since the use of these embryos for research is not widely accepted, giving them up for adoption is another alternative for them. (TR)


We also comprehend the fact that couples who adopt and give birth to these children are in a