The Lancaster’s were the first family in Washington State to adopt embryos from another family. For many years prior to this, Jeff and Maria struggled with infertility and endured several painful miscarriages. They first learned of embryo adoption while listening to Dr. James Dobson’s radio program Focus on the Family, while Dr. Dobson interviewed Marlene Strege, the first ever woman who had adopted frozen embryos. Marlene and her husband have a little girl named Hannah. Jeff and Maria contacted Dr. Dobson and he referred them to the same adoption agency, Nightlight Christian Adoptions. They went through the whole process, including a home study just like adopting an already born child. Jeff and Maria are now the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Elisha. She is a reminder to us all, that life is precious, and that life does begin at conception and should be cherished. Jeff and Maria hope to bring encouragement and healing to those struggling with infertility, as well as offer a wonderful solution to those that have embryos remaining in cryo-preservation.
Maria Lancaster now serves as Co-founder and President of Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry, an Honorary Doctorate degree in Theology, and is also a licensed and ordained Christian minister. Maria served as the NW Regional Representative for the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign in 2006, a grant funded by the Bush Administration to promote awareness of embryo adoption. Since 1985, she was a business owner, founder and President of Galley Resources, Inc., a commercial ship supply company, serving the Alaskan fishing fleet with groceries and supplies for over 25 years. Her personal story, business experience, and education in Christian Ministry are an asset to our program, Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. She looks forward to serving you, and the yet to be born children the result of this wonderful, and new way to adopt.
A few days after Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park was launched the Seattle Times published the following story….
November 20, 2008 Seattle Times Video: The story of Elisha Lancaster and how she came to be – video.
See Maria’s full bio here.
Seattle Times Video: The Lancaster Family.