Are you considering transferring your frozen embryos to a fertility clinic in California? 


Did you know that California is one of the few states in the US that prides itself on its embryo adoptions and the regulations that enable this?


Deciding to transfer your frozen embryos to another state can be a difficult decision.


From securing a facility and staff, to understanding the state’s regulations governing embryo transfers and other specifics, it’s important to understand the process and know what you need to consider before making the move.

What You Need to Consider Before Transferring Embryos

Transferring embryos can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s also an important decision that should be taken seriously. 


Before transferring, there are several factors to consider:

  • The Cost of Transferring Embryos- Before you make the decision to transfer your frozen embryos, it’s important to consider the cost. 

The cost of transferring frozen embryos varies depending on where you live, but generally includes hospital fees, fertility clinic fees, and any other costs associated with the transfer–these costs are estimated to range anywhere from $4,000-$20,000. 


  • Legal Requirements for Embryo Transfers-Another thing you should consider before transferring your frozen embryos is whether or not there are any legal requirements that must be met. 


Different states have different laws regarding embryo transfers and some may require certain paperwork or background checks before allowing an embryo transfer.


For anyone in California considering an embryo transfer from out of state, they should be aware that the process must follow all legal requirements of the state. 


This includes filing a proper petition to the court, securing the consent of both intended parents and submitting documentation including medical reports. 


In addition to these legal requirements, certain labs, facilities, and clinics must meet strict standards as laid out by California State Regulations in order to perform embryo transfers. 


All genetic material also needs to comply with tissue protocols set forth by regulatory agencies responsible for protecting patient safety. 


  • California Statutes for Embryo Transfers – In California, the Uniform Parentage Act governs embryo transfers. This law requires that both parties involved in the transfer must have their consent documented in writing before it can take place. 


It also requires that each party has access to independent legal counsel in order for the transfer agreement to be considered valid. Keep in mind that only frozen embryos that have been stored for up to five years may be transferred into this state. Any longer than that, and the process becomes much more complicated.


  • Consulting with Your Doctor – Consult with your doctor before making any decisions about transferring your frozen embryos about all of the risks involved in transferring them from one state to another. 


Your doctor will be able to provide valuable insight into what could happen if something goes wrong during the process, as well as offer advice on how best to proceed with a safe and successful embryo transfer.


Ultimately, deciding whether or not transferring your frozen embryos is right for you comes down to personal preference and circumstance. 


There are several factors at play when considering an embryo transfer—from cost and legal considerations, to medical advice—so it’s important that you weigh all of these factors carefully before making any decisions. 

To initiate a transfer process, it’s highly recommended for prospective adoptive parents to seek legal advice from an experienced family law attorney so that each step of the way is properly accounted for, and all applicable laws are observed during all stages of the transfer.


Thinking about transferring embryos? Need assistance? Contact our office today. We are here to help!