Crowdfunding to raise a child

Sarah Kellner
Lifestyles Editor

On Feb. 4, 2014, Copy Editor Sarah Yung reported on the topic of crowdfunding, a concept that has been around since the dawn of time: People finding themselves in a bind or short on cash reach out to the people around them. However, in the age of the Internet, with its ability to allow a person to connect with millions at their fingertips, crowdfunding has morphed into a whole new concept. Sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe are all crowdfunding websites where users can create a page on the internet to voice their issue, dilemma or idea to the public, often using emotional appeals, wit and at times bizarre tactics. Yet they all have an end goal: to get funding from the public.
These sites are not just for people who are asking for money to live off of; they are also tools to be used in the case of money needed in producing inventions, getting YouTube series off the ground and funding missionary trips, to mention a few. However, an interesting topic that multiple users have presented to the public is crowdfunding to raise a child.
Although it seems like a weird thing to fundraise for, it’s common sense that children are expensive to have. CNNMoney reports, “To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” And in 2015, that amount is even higher, especially if the couple takes into account birthing issues, such as fertility treatments and special needs. Yung reported that “Hundreds of pages exist on sites such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo and AdoptTogether to help alleviate the costs of fertility treatments or adoption fees. “ These sites are becoming vital in a society with a growing wage gap and more and more people who don’t know where else to turn.
Of course, crowdfunding still has its skeptics. What if a person doesn’t really use the money for their child? Inevitably, there are people in the world who will take advantage of the system, even if sites try different ways to prevent that. But there are many people who simply need help to achieve a dream, like having a baby. Yung sums it up nicely in that “as the old adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child.”

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