Fargo Couple Asking for Your Help to Make Their Family Complete
A couple looks to the internet for help to start their family.
Jenny and Ben Boe of Fargo are using GoFundMe to raise money to cover their adoption costs.
With the high cost of adoption fees, some people have to be more creative with how they can cover the heavy price tag.
For this Fargo couple, they’re taking a swing at crowdfunding.
“We went finally to a specialist and she said no, it was me, I had polycystic ovarian syndrome. So I can’t get pregnant,” says Jenny.
Jenny and Ben married in 2006 and immediately started trying for kids.
Jenny went through with in vitro fertilization.
After many years of trying, the couple looked to other alternatives.
“Ben actually brought it up about adopting and we never talked about it, before that time. We just said okay let’s go talk to somebody here at The Village and that’s how we got started,” says Jenny.
The Boes started their paperwork early 2013 and were approved this past March.
“So it’s a very detailed process that we go through before they can be approved. And if they meet all of those pieces, if we find stability in all of those areas, they’ll be able to be approved for adoption,” says The Village Family Service Center social worker Julie Kloster.
The placement to getting an adoptive child can be a two year wait.
A wait that the couple is willing to do.
“What’s a few more years or months or whatever,” says Jenny.
As they patiently wait for the arrival of their newborn, they realize the adoption fees quickly added up.
Kloster explains,”For our type of program, private agency placements we are private not for profit. So our fees are a direct reflection of the services we provide in the adoption process.”
Jenny and Ben then created a GoFundMe page to cover their placement expense of $10,000.
Some have questioned the couple’s crowdfunding page.
They admit they’ve had to deal with some negative comments.
“This is one of the most important things in our lives, is to become parents. And if this is how we have to do it to get the money to do the placement then this is what we’ve got to do. We got to do what we got to do,” says Jenny.
As for Ben, he can’t wait to get the baby into sports.
“Probably golfing. I try to golf a lot. I’m not very good but I try,” says Ben.
So far, 20% of the designated goal has been met at more than $2000.
If you would like to help, click on their GoFundMe page.