Published: Sept. 26, 2008
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
Fertility treatments are not always successful. As one of the alternatives to becoming pregnant, adoption can be very rewarding. There are many options available, including embryo adoption.
At some point you may decide that you do not wish to continue infertility treatments and may choose to remain childfree. It is not unusual for partners to reach this point at different times.
Choosing to remain childfree must be a choice, even though this may not be what you had originally planned. Be certain to explore all of your options including donor cycles and adoption.
This listings are not associated with the Duke Fertility Center and do not imply endorsement by the Duke Fertility Center.
Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122
The Children's Home Society
740 Chestnut Street
P.O. Box 14608
Greensboro, NC 27415
Catholic Social Services, Inc.
1123 S. Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
European Adoptive Consultants, Inc.
12608 Alameda Drive
Strongsville, OH 44149
Mandala Adoption Services
6601 Turkey Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-5500 or 800-295-3191
Mandala Adoption Services is a private, non-profit adoption agency located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have been licensed since 1997 and provide home studies and post-placement services to families in North Carolina who are adopting domestically, internationally, or through a relative adoption. They have international adoption programs in six countries and place fifty children per year.
Resolve: The National Infertility Association
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Social Services Division of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources
325 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27611
A parent support organization that can direct you to other resources.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Our clinic has a lending library that has several books about adoption. Please feel free to check these books out if you are interested in learning more about the adoption process.
There seems to be a distinction between terms on the Internet. Childfree, childless, and childfree-by-choice are some of the more common terms.
Not all of these pages and links pertain to infertility patients. Some of the pages may infer strong desires and opinions for not having children. Many patients undergoing infertility treatments may not agree with all of these opinions.
Review the pages for their intent and target audience. The ideal pages are designed for people who do have desires to have children but are having to cope with the possibility of a lifestyle without children.
INCIID has a search engine pulls up information on childfree living as well as discussion groups that allow you to post messages.
The Childfree Web ring offers links to a large number of Web pages on the subject.