These Dallas Dads Spent Over $100K on Adoption; They Have Some Financial Advice for You

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories ahead of the Oct. 5 financial planning hotline organized by The Dallas Morning News and the Financial Planning Association of Dallas/Fort Worth. This year, we're partnering with KXAS-TV (NBC5) and its sister station, Telemundo 39, and our Spanish-language newspaper, Al Dia.In a 2012 J.C. Penney ad, they were the “gay dads” from Dallas, laughing as their two adorable children clamber over their shoulders.Today, the Koch family lives in north Oak Cliff’s tony Kessler Park neighborhood. Cooper Koch runs his own public relations firm, and Todd Koch works as an executive with Greyhound. They've been married for a few years. The kids, Claire and Mason, are both 8-year-olds.But even long before that, the pair -- together for almost two decades -- knew they wanted to build a family. And Cooper Koch said they’d always agreed to adopt, rather than have a child through surrogacy.What they didn’t anticipate in those early years was the price tag -- upwards of $100,000.  Continue reading...

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