Thank you for stoping by our campaign!
We're Jennie and Heather Crate. We fell in love in college in 2005 and were married in 2010. We are so ready to start a family. We've officially been "baby crazy" for about the last year, but unfortunately a baby has not become reality as of yet. Heather is all set and ready to carry a baby for us and has undergone all necessary fertility testing. We've picked out a donor, we just need to get that little bun in the oven! That's where you come in :)
Given that we're a lesbian couple, making a baby is not as easy for us as it is for others. The costs associated with starting our family is what is standing in the way of our dream. We not only have to pay to purchase the "baby batter" and the medical costs of IUI (Intrauterine Insemination--think turkey baster at the doctors office), we have to actually pay for Jennie to adopt our baby! It's crazy to think that we have to not only undergo a home study, but we also have to pay $2500 for Jennie to be listed as a parent of her own child. If the government recognized our relationship a second parent adoption wouldn't be necessary, but until that day, this is our reality.
With your contribution you will be directly involved in making our family a reality! Each one of you who stops by our page and makes a donation is putting us one step closer to the family we've been dreaming of.
EDIT: Since Colorado recently passed Civil Unions as long as our baby is conceived after may 1st Jennie will be recognized as the legal parent and we won't have to go through the tiresome, expensive process of a second parent adoption!
Where is the Money Going?
Our doctor has recommended that we secure funding for up to 6 attempts using IUI. This involves one vial of sperm ($750) and one visit to the doc for IUI ($250) a month. Which works out to $1,000 a month for us to try and start a family. This adds up to $6,000 for 6 months of trying. On top of that a percentage of funds made in this campaign will also have to go to indiegogo - up to 4% - for hosting the fundraiser which is where the other $500 comes in.
If by some miracle we get pregnant with the first IUI the remaining donated funds will be used for Jennie's second parent adoption and any medical bills associated with the birth of baby Crate.
What you get!
Please consider making a contribution to our campaign. Not only will you recieve our love and gratitude, we are offering some awesome perks for you! We are wedding photographers at Green Blossom Photography so many of our perks are photography related. You can check out what's available on the right side of our page!
Also for a sample of our work you can check out www.greenblossomphotography.com. For the 8x10 perk choices check out http://www.greenblossomphotography.com/galleries/personal-inspiration/.
The ImpactWith your contribution you will be putting us one step closer to making baby Crate a reality! We have so much love to offer and are so ready for a family. We hope to keep you all involved in this process as we head down the path to parenthood!
Other Ways You Can HelpWe understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially to our campaign, however, you can still help us out! Please, please take a moment to share our campaign on your social networks and with friends via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or email.