Family planning that involves private adoption, foster-to-adopt options, surrogacy or assisted reproduction can carry high costs. Budgeting and saving for these costs and other financial considerations can help you reach your goals.
If you go through an agency, the average cost of private adoption in the U.S. is between $30,500 and $48,500, according to Adoption.org. If you pursue adoption independently, costs can be lower: estimates range from $25,000 to $38,000.
If your health plan doesn’t cover assisted reproductive technology, you could expect fees of $12,000 to $17,000 per cycle. If you need donated biological material like eggs or sperm, costs will be higher. Be sure to ask your employer what benefits are available to you.
You don’t have to resort to credit cards or your 401k to fund growing your family. Once you understand the costs of growing your family either through adoption, surrogacy, IVF or another path, you have other options and can make a financial plan.
Whether for LGBTQ+ adoption, surrogacy or IVF, this loan option gives you one-time funding for whatever your needs and you’ll pay the same amount every month.
Check your rate before completing a full application to see what you may be eligible to borrow. It won’t affect your credit score.
If you don’t yet know the full cost of the parenthood path you’ll take, you can enjoy a little more flexibility with this option to access funds when you need them.
Use equity in your home for family planning expenses. This option offers fixed rates and payments during your journey.
Another way to use funds for family expansion when you need them and only pay interest on what you borrow.
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Your credit profile and credit wellness are about how you use your credit – money that's loaned to you by a bank, a credit card or a loan.
Start small and secure. Secured credit cards or loans are accounts where you're getting credit, but it's tied to a cash deposit that the lender can easily collect if you don't make your payments. This can be a great way to start building your history. If you pay your secured card on time, eventually you will be able to qualify for unsecured credit.
Another option might be to co-borrow with a person who has established credit history. Or if you’re a new American resident, you might have a relative or someone who has lived here longer co-sign for you on a loan or credit card to help you get established.