I never have but we are in a position where we feel like we woud like to. I can give lots of details but I don't want to make it too long. Short story is that we want a family, and our families are VERY excited for us to parent, but all of our savings went to 2 years of TTC (we are same-sex so it's not "free" for us :)) and medical expenses from the 3 miscarriages that we had. We have no children and are getting older (I'm 35, DP is 42) and don't want to wait any more. I feel like our families might want to help but I have hinted at the $$ part (well, actually we've been very direct about asking for money, but on a blog that we sent to everyone and I don't even think anyone's read it) and we have not received any offers of help.
I know that NO ONE is under any obligation in any way to give or lend us money. If they want to though, I want to be sure that I am being clear enough about my need. I'm not even sure what I'm asking...maybe just other experiences from people that have asked for support from family or friends?
It's hard not to compare sitautions, but I think I'm feeling sad that our friends, who also come from families that are NOT rich, started a blog about their adoption journey at the same time we did and raised $18k in less than a week (whcih is 75% of the cost of the adoption). Maybe I just wish our families were the same :(