The Cost of 1 Baby
Have sex, give birth: $30,000
Surrogacy, if all you need is the uterus: $80,000 to $100,000
Surrogacy, if you need the sperm, the egg, and the uterus: $120,000
Domestic Adoption: $20,000 to $30,000
International Adoption: $10,000 to $50,000 depending on the country
Foster-to-Adopt: “Free,” but it takes an average of 30 months and involves visits and court dates and paperwork and is a lot of work, not that all good things aren’t, but still! (read about Rebecca from Fosterhood’s experience so far here and here)
Re-homing Websites: A parent wants to get rid of their kid, you want their kid. Meet online, make a swap = 1 free baby (or abused teenager). Free. Questionably legal, morally dubious, incredibly terrifying, but, free.