Reader Poll: “Do you believe that it costs a middle-income family $234,900 to raise a child through age 17?”

Reader Poll: “Do you believe that it costs a middle-income family $234,900 to raise a child through age 17?”

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers:

“Do you believe that it costs a middle-income family $234,900 to raise a child through age 17?”

Here’s their response:

24 Percent               Yes

65 Percent               No Way

11 Percent               Maybe

This question became relevant because of a series of news articles and a subsequent debate about the cost of raising a child.  UFI’s Tom Christensen (father of 15 – one marriage) weighed in with his thoughts.  We figured he’d be the guy to know!  (Read it here)

We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 23:58h, 20 July

    Though I do certainly hope at least some of his 15 children are adopted, it does warm my heart to see a family so full of togetherness. Many of us are capable of becoming so much closer to our kin by spending time (rather than money) on them…yet the world often gets in the way.

    It is wonderful to see that, with a little honest work and love, this needn’t be so!

  • United Families International
    Posted at 12:54h, 21 July

    All of Tom Christensen’s children are natural born. I believe that they have just one set of twins. His wife Dixy is an amazing woman. The Christensen’s are raising an exceptional family. They are an inspiring example of effective parenting and successful family life.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 12:52h, 24 July

    I agree that to have a family such as the Christensen’s is nothing short of a statement of what solid work ethics, loyalty and love are able to do for a family. If only every family could show such commitment!

    I also meant no disrespect by my comment that “I certainly hope at least some of their children are adopted”…It is simply a reflection of my personal beliefs. I have heard of so many children in America alone who grow up in institutions due to being abandoned. I know, deep in my heart, that I would never be ethically able to have children of my own knowing that there are good children in my country who simply need a good home.

    While I didn’t think that ALL of the Christensen’s children were adopted (and I am happy that they have a good, healthy family!) I was also saddened to learn that not a one was an orphan given a second chance at having a loving home. I do not plan on ever marrying or having children in this lifetime…but I know that if I changed my mind about marriage I would be sure to adopt children with my husband.

  • Meagan
    Posted at 13:51h, 27 July

    Would be a perfect plan except that there are estimated to be 4-5 million couples on adoption waiting lists and around 50,000 babies that are able to be adopted through adoption centers each year, and another 50,000 available through foster care. That’s a very long waiting list. Sure the rest can adopt internationally, but do you have an extra $100,000 or so just lying around?

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