Indiana couple turns to crowdfunding to help in adoption process

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MCCORDSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2015)– Adoption can be very rewarding, but it can also be very expensive. The process could cost up to tens of thousands of dollars.

The financial aspect can rule out adoption for some families. However, an Indiana couple didn’t let that stop them. Instead, they turned to crowdfunding, and donations started coming in.

The photos around Brandi Smith and Jessica Martin’s home illustrate the importance of family for them. But, experiencing parenthood proved to be a challenge.

“Went through rounds of IUI, infertility, realized that carrying a child just wasn’t a possibility for us so we decided we wanted to adopt,” said Smith.

The McCordsville couple, whose been together for four years, say they know all the work involved to complete an adoption is worth it to them.

“We want a family,” said Martin. “We want a baby, no matter what it takes.”

The couple says they were aware of the upfront costs, which were around $30,000 for a domestic adoption. But they soon realized having a baby of their own would come with an even heavier financial burden.

“We learned there’s additional cost to meet birth mother and travel to meet baby,” said Smith. “We’ll have to stay in hotel for two weeks until we get clearance.”

That is when they decided to turn to their loved ones through crowdfunding to help cover the costs.

“It’s been incredible to see friends and family you haven’t seen in years reach out and say ‘here’s 50 bucks, here’s 25 bucks, it’s all I can give but we want you to be happy.’”

And this Indiana couple isn’t the only one to turn to crowdfunding. It’s a growing trend.

GoFundMe stats show campaigns that mention “adoption” raised nearly $2.5 million in 2015.

There are federal and state tax credits that help with the overall cost of an adoption. However, there are still big out-of-pocket expenses for families who wish to adopt.

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