Often, in our business, we meet with clients that are desperate. Desperate to achieve their goal of having a family. Fortunately, we can often help them with their plight to have a child. However, one of the most common obstacles intended parents face is money. Utilizing “non-traditional” methods to become a parent can range anywhere from $5,000-$40,000. Whether adopting, undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or obtaining a surrogate, the cost can often prevent parents from realizing their dream.
However, we’ve seen some creative methods for funding a family. Recently, Jessica and Sean Haley decided to use crowdfunding to finance their IVF treatments. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding describes the collective cooperation by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.
After three years of trying to conceive, the Haleys were told they only had a 1% chance of conceiving naturally. In June, the couple started a “Help the Haleys Have a Baby” campaign on IndieGoGo to raise funds for their fertility treatments. The campaign managed to raise $8,050, far above the $5,000 they were asking for initially. In July, the couple began IVF treatments that led to Jessica being pregnant. The Haleys aren’t the only couples turning to this crowdfunding option. A quick search on the IndieGoGo website lists over 20 couples and singles requesting funds to help them achieve their dream of having a family.
We love to hear of these creative funding ideas. When money is not an issue it removes at least one obstacle from the path for intended parents and our goal is to make that path as smooth as possible.
To learn more about the Haley’s campaign, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/babyhaley