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Crowdfunding for adoptions, fertility treatments

Hopeful parents to be are turning to crowdfunding sites to raise thousands of dollars from friends, family and even complete strangers. Campaigns for adoptions and fertility treatments on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com have raised nearly $1.1 million since the site’s inception in May 2010, while this year alone, around 100 campaigns have been started on GiveForward.com. Jessica and Sean Haley’s one-year-old son, Landon, is often referred to as the first “crowdfunded baby.” In a 2011 campaign on site Indiegogo, the Melbourne Fla., couple, raised $8,050 from more than 130 people that helped pay for their fertility treatments. “Twenty years ago this wouldn’t have happened,” Jessica Haley said. “Because of the Internet, that’s why we have Landon. Fertility treatments can range from an average of $865 for an intrauterine insemination (or IUI) cycle to around $8,158 for a round of the more complicated in vitro fertilization (or IVF), while the medications used between treatments can add thousands of dollars to the bill, according to non-profit RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Making matters worse, many couples undergo multiple procedures with no guarantee of success and insurance companies rarely pick up the bill. Only 29% of couples polled in 2012 by RESOLVE said they […]

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