Crowdfunding for Adoptions
According to the most recent statistics from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, more than 415,000 children were in foster care in the United States. In 2014, more than 650,000 children spent some time in foster care in the U.S. The average cost of adopting a child in America is between $25,000 and $40,000. To many, that staggering cost could easily quash the hopes and dreams of adopting a child. However, “crowdfunding” can make adopting a feasible reality again.
WonderWe is a new crowdfunding website and alternative to similar sites like GoFundMe. They suggest using this type of fundraising for adoptions. With a focus on faith, family and friends, WonderWe takes no profit from the funds raised on their site. The company boasts, “You are not alone. It’s no longer about the ‘me.’ It’s now about the ‘we!’” With WonderWe, you can fundraise for free with friends and family with group and peer-to-peer campaigns.
Unlike traditional fundraising, crowdfunding can reach a far greater number of donors. That’s important when seeking to raise a large amount of money like with adopting. For example, with WonderWe’s peer-to-peer fundraising, you can ask friends and family to start their own mini campaigns to raise funds from the people they know. They can then ask those they know to start a campaign as well. So if you’re looking to raise $40,000 as the main goal, others could begin a mini fundraiser with $4,000 as a goal. When breaking a larger amount into smaller campaigns, the final goal seems much more attainable.
Taking a closer look at the cost of adoption is intimidating. According to Adoptive Families, the How-to-Adopt and Adoption Parenting Network, these costs include a home study fee that’s between $1,000 to $2,000, documentation and authentication ranging from $500 to $1,000 and post placement fees are up to $1,000. Advertising and networking costs up to $5,000. Postage and telephone expenses average $200 to $500. Birth mother expenses, hospital costs and counseling, if adopting from birth, can reach to $8,500. Foster care costs range from $0 to $1,000. Legal services and court costs could get up to $15,000. And then there are travel expenses, especially if adopting out of state, that could reach $5,000.
The National Adoption Center suggests loans or grants, a sliding fee scale and payment plans as some of the ways to pay for adoption. However, with the support of family, friends and coworkers through crowdfunding these do not necessarily have to be options anymore.
Starting a fundraising campaign on WonderWe is simple and can be completed in as little as five minutes. Just visit WonderWe.com and click on “Start a fundraiser.” You never know where it could lead.
So if the idea of adopting has been tugging at your heart strings for some time now, why not consider starting a fundraiser on WonderWe. It could change your life, your family and the life of a precious child in need of a place to call home.