If you’re queer and looking to start a family, you know it can sometimes be a long and expensive process to welcome a child into your family. Adoption, assisted insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy — these are all options that cost money, often quite a bit of it.
And yes, of course, there are lower-cost options.
But what if you’ve decided that you want to pursue IVF or surrogacy. How do you pay for it?
Some aspiring parents are turning to crowdfunding, using platforms like Indiegogo and GoFundMe, to ask friends, family, and even strangers to chip in.
But does crowdfunding a baby actually work?
I spoke to Kirk and Anthony, two guys from Oregon who’ve raised money on Indiegogo to pursue surrogacy.
This is what they had to say about the journey.
We talk about:
- How they guys decided to crowdfund a surrogacy
- The things Kirk and Anthony feel they did right in launching the first of two crowdfunding campaigns
- Why they ended up giving all the money from that first campaign back to the donors
- The elements of their successful second campaign
- The pushback they received about crowdfunding and the Facebook contacts who un-friended them
- Tips for other aspiring parents who are considering a crowdfunding campaign
- Two Beards and a Baby, Kirk and Anthony’s blog
- Kirk and Anthony’s first surrogacy crowdfunding campaign
- Kirk and Anthony’s second surrogacy crowdfunding campaign (still open for donations)
- Two Beards and a Baby Facebook page