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Average cost of raising a child with down syndrome

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Our family friend's youngest daughter has down syndrome. She's now 15 years old and will be starting high school in the fall. She's more on the high functioning side, but has serious issues with speech and comprehension.

Her parent's told us once that raising a special needs child can be quadruple the cost of the average child . According to the USDA it costs an average of $240,000 to raise a child to 18 years old. so that would be just under a million dollars for a special needs child. Of course this depends greatly on the severity of the child's disability.

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