A growing need…
In the United States, the disease of infertility is on the rise. 1 in 6 couples will be diagnosed at some point during their childbearing years. Although insurance can help defray some of the cost, procedures remain expensive. For those whose infertility treatment was not successful, the decision to choose infant domestic adoption as the way to build their family is not easy after enduring an exhaustive emotional and financial journey. Indeed, it is nationally recognized that 75% of the families that begin the adoption process get discouraged by the lack of emotional, moral, and financial support. Until the establishment of Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation in 2011, there was no existing nonprofit resource in North Carolina providing free, independent, one-on-one training about the infant domestic adoption process and financial support specifically for those who have been treated for infertility.
Meeting the need…
Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation meets this need by operating an education and grant program, both of which focus solely upon the bridge between its beneficiaries’ decision to end infertility treatment and to subsequently undertake and successfully complete the infant domestic adoption process. It also partners with fertility clinics across North Carolina to empower the team of patient and doctor with relevant information about infant domestic adoption as they investigate all options in the journey to parenthood.
To date, Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation has helped four couples overcome barriers and obstacles through our Education and Grant Programs, resulting in four successful infant domestic adoptions.
Further, Noah Z.M. Goetz Foundation has successfully:
- Awarded three grants of $1,000 each, easing the burden of three family’s adoption-related expenses and bringing them added peace of mind during their domestic adoption process;
- Administered our Education Program to 19 couples, empowering them so, should they wish, they may successfully navigate the domestic adoption process and realize their dream of parenthood;
- Established Clinical Partnerships with Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, Carolina Conceptions, and Duke Fertility Center, resulting in a major step forward in the efforts to help the Foundation become a key source of infant domestic adoption education and patient support; and,
- Trained 18 medical staff at Carolina Conceptions and Duke Fertility Center about the domestic adoption process, resulting in a stronger awareness of our mission and providing further support to their patients.
To view a white paper describing the function and purpose of our programs, clinical partnerships, outreach activities and how they cumulatively contribute to our community impact, please click here.