Providing a safe, stable support system for a young person without a family can have a huge impact on their future. Adoptive parents give the gifts of attention and shelter to a child who has, for whatever reason, been deprived of those essentials. By creating a warm atmosphere and a safe new home, you uplift your community as well as the child. But how much does adoption cost? The answer may be startling. Rest assured that online crowdfunding can ease the burden, giving you access to the money you need to complete your adoption and change a child’s life.
- 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the U.S. foster care system, 101,666 of whom are eligible for adoption. However, nearly 32 percent of these eligible kids will spend over three years in foster care waiting for a family.
- A breakdown of the 135,000 adoptions in the U.S. per year (excluding stepparent adoptions): 59 percent from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26 percent from other countries, and 15 percent voluntarily relinquished American babies
Source: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
- Adoption can cost from under $2,500 through a domestic public agency or set you back upward of $30,000 through a private agency or an international program.
With such huge costs associated with pursuing certain types of adoptions, families may feel that their options are severely limited. But if you’re matched with a child you’ve already grown attached to, it can be heart-wrenching for costs to prevent you from bringing the child home. YouCaring allows you to share your story with those who want to see your family thrive. We can help you raise money to finance the adoption that’s the best fit for your family.
Facts about adoption point to an urgent need for adoptive parents.
Having a parent guide a child’s early development is critical for success later in life.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute also stressed the importance of children younger than 3 years of age to have a staple parent or primary caregiver. In-depth country studies described institutional care without that parental figure as a major “risk of harm in terms of attachment disorder, developmental delay and neural atrophy in the developing brain.”
“Aging out” puts young adults near the end of their time in the foster care system at a disadvantage.
When teenagers approach adulthood and are no longer eligible to stay in the foster care system, they face issues that most young people have not yet been equipped to handle. Data from 2012 indicated that approximately 40 percent had been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime, and only 48 percent were employed. Nearly 25 percent of youth aging out didn’t have a high school diploma or GED, and only 6 percent went on to receive a two- or four-year degree.
The experience is rewarding, and crowdfunding defrays the high cost.
International adoptions can create a family rich in cultural influences.
While international adoptions are typically the most expensive, some families feel called to adopt outside of the country. These kids will grow up in a bicultural household in which their heritage is melded with a U.S. upbringing. Many adoptive families view keeping their child connected to their birth country a priority, and by educating them about where they come from, they create a household in which the child’s identity is celebrated, and open dialog about the adoption process is encouraged.
Crowdfunding allows you to raise money fast and free from people you trust, and share the exciting news about your plans.
YouCaring’s motto is Compassionate Crowdfunding, meaning we are dedicated to providing you a high-quality, easy-to-use crowdfunding platform for free. YouCaring charges no fees, meaning that all of the money donated to your cause goes toward expenses related to your adoption. Meanwhile, simple sharing tools allow you to spread the word among friends, acquaintances and relatives, and you can post photos, videos and written updates as you journey through the adoption process. A consolidated page enables your loved ones to easily check in to receive updates and post words of encouragement in the comments page.
Research has emphasized time and again the huge positive influence adoption can have for young people in the care of the state. And for couples who are unable to conceive, it can be one of the only options for parenthood, an incredible opportunity for people who love kids and want a family. No matter what kind of adoption you pursue, YouCaring can help you raise the money quickly.
If you are considering adopting a baby, American Adoptions is a full-service domestic adoption agency that completes around 300 newborn adoption each year. By offering financial protection for failed adoptions, short and accurate wait times, 24/7 birth mother support, adoptive family video profiles, and more, American Adoptions is one of the fastest growing adoption agencies in the country.
Tim and Kristinjoy Taylor have been married for seven years and started the YouCaring fundraiser after vowing to adopt their first child from China.
“The way that we have decided to start a family is through adoption,” Kristinjoy said. “Whenever I’ve seen families who have adopted or met adoptive children, it’s just sparked something in my heart, so it’s always been tucked in there.”
Her husband has also been touched by adoption.
“Adoption just sort of got in my heart,” Tim said. “Specifically being at our church. I’ve seen many families go through adoption successfully. I know the kids, and I’ve watched them blossom because of love.”
The Mullen Family of Bethany, Okla., are seeking to bring home their third adoptive child, Luca, a two-year-old boy Eastern European boy with special needs. After 15 years of marriage, during which the couple was unable to have children, they embarked on an adoptive journey to grow their family, and brought Levi and Lia home in 2011. Today, their YouCaring fundraiser to bring Luca into their family circle is more than halfway toward reaching its $40,000 mark.
Ready to begin the compassionate, emotionally enriching journey of adoption?